• Career Pathways:

    • Machinist 
    • Multiple Machine Tool Setter & Set-up Operator
    • Lathe Turning Machine Tool Setter/Operator
    • Milling & Planing Machine Setter/Operator
    • Computer Numerically - Controlled Machine Tool Programmer
    • Conventional EDM Operator/Programmer
    • Wire EDM Operator/Programmer
    • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator

    Industry Certifications:

    • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level I Machining (various certifications)
    • Level II Machining (various certifications) OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Completion of Algebra I
    • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Mechanical aptitude
    • Attention to detail


  • Precision/Computerized                                                                                                                  Machining Technology 15 months, 1632 hours

  • The machining industry utilizes precision tools and equipment to transform engineers’ and designers’ visions into finished products. The training in the Precision/Computerized Machining Technology program focuses on the skills that are in demand in the local and national job market. These are the skills required by the high-tech modern manufacturing businesses such as aerospace, medical instrumentation, defense, and many more.

    Students in the program learn the use of hand tools, conventional machine tools, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools to cut metals within 1/10,000th of an inch. Curriculum topics include conventional and CNC milling, conventional and CNC turning, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), and precision grinding.

    Students also learn interpretation of engineering drawings to gain understanding of machining industry specifications. Training also includes precision inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment including a coordinate measuring machine, a toolmaker’s microscope, and an optical comparator within the metrology lab, where quality assurance is emphasized.

    The PMT/CMT program at BCTC has been recognized and awarded the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) test site accreditation. This accreditation represents the industry’s mark of approval and recognition of the training program. Students will have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications that show their competency in different skill areas.

    Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities for immediate employment. Careers include High Priority Occupations such as Machinists, Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Numerical Tool & Process Control Programmers, CNC programmers/operators, EDM programmers/ operators, and Quality Assurance Inspectors.