Precision/Computerized Machining Technolgogy

  • Instructors Eric Hopewell & Peter Hoffman CIP Code 48.0501 | West Campus

    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 in-demand skills for 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 machinist 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.

    NIMS –

    This program is accredited through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) to assure training to industry standards and to meet NIMS quality requirements. Students can earn certifications that give formal recognition of those standards and requirements. Visit for further information.

    Career Pathways:

    Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
    Computer Numerically-Controlled Machine Tool Programmer
    Multiple Machine Tool Setter, Operator and Tender
    Conventional EDM Operator/Programmer
    Wire EDM Operator/Programmer
    Milling & Planing Machine Setter/ Operator/Tender
    Lathe & Turning Machine Tool Setter/Operator/Tender


    Materials Inspector
    Mechanical Engineer
    CNC Programmer/Technincian
    Quality Assurance Manager/Technician
    Industrial Designer
    Tool & Die Maker
    Machine Shop Supervisor

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Precision/Computerized Machining Technolgogy
  • Industry Certifications:

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

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 11 credits
    Reading Area Community College - Up to 11 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 10 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Completion of Algebra I
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude
    o Attention to detail