Precision / Computerized Machining Technology

  • Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Eric Hopewell / Peter Hoffman
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    CIP Code: 48.0501

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Mechanical aptitude

    Career Pathways:

    Numerical Control Machine Set-up Operator
    Numerical Control & Process Control Programmer
    Materials Inspector
    Combination Machine Tool Setter & Set-up Operator
    Conventional EDM Operator / Programmer
    Wire EDM Operator / Programmer
    Milling & Planing Machine Setter & Operator
    Lathe & Turning Machine Tool Setter & Operator
    Mechanical Engineer
    CNC Programmer
    Quality Assurance Manager
    Industrial Designer
    Tool & Die Maker
    CNC Service Technician
    Machine Shop Supervisor
    Manufacturing Engineer
    Quality Assurance Technician

  • 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 or post-secondary education. 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.

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

    Industry Certifications:

    NIMS Level I  Machining (various certifications) 
    NIMS Level II Machining (various certifications)
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification  

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
    Industry certification testing fees - $40*
    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student. 


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