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Precision Machining & CNC Automation

STC Precision Machining Technologies


Program Content:

The Precision Machining & CNC Automation program consists of specialized classroom instruction, along with projects and lab experiences that concern the machining of metals and plastics. Students learn how to set up and operate the following types of machines: contour saw, drill press, lathe, milling machine grinder, and CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machines. Instruction also includes the use of precision measuring instruments, such as, layout and inspection tools, micrometer, and gauges. Classroom and practical experiences teach students: CNC programming, use of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) processes, and to set up and perform advanced level machining operations. Related trade math and blueprint reading are taught as a part of the program and are used extensively in laboratory activities.

CAD/CAM processes and CNC machining activities play an increasingly important role in the industry. A major program focus is development of knowledge and skills that meet requirements of the industry. Machinists are trained to perform these tasks as an integral part of the engineering and manufacturing process. The machinery and materials used are those commonly found in the precision machine industry. Instruction is provided in safe practices, which are critical in this industry, and the use of tools, equipment, materials and processes found in the machining industry.

Program Length:

The Precision Machining & CNC Automation program takes approximately 11 months (1200 hours) to complete.

Industry Certifications/State Credentials:

  • NIMS Machining Level 1 -
    • Drill Press Skills I
    • Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
    • Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
    • CNC Milling: Programming & Setup Operations
    • CNC Turning: Programming & Setup Operations
  • Mastercam Certified Programmer Mill Level (CPgM1)
  • NIMS Machining Level 1
    • Manual Milling Skills I
    • Grinding Skills I
    • CNC Turning: Operations
    • CNC Milling: Operations
  • Mastercam Associate Certification-Mill Design & Toolpaths

Obtainment Time Frame: In program

Entrance/Exit Requirements:

Language, math and reading competencies are pre-assessed. The required basic skills grade levels are Reading-9, Math-9, and Language-8 and must be met prior to program completion.

Standard Occupations:

For specific occupation information, including wages, employment trends and more, visit the following links:

Milling, Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic


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Course Campus Location(s):


Course Sequence:


Course #

Course Title




Machinist Helper

300 hrs



Machinist Operator

300 hrs



Machinist Setup Operator

600 hrs