Precision / Computerized Machining Technology

15 months, 1590 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.

Industry Certifications:

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


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Pair Black Industrial Work Pants – proper fitting and no holesChoice of One of the following:
· One Charcoal Short Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Black Short Sleeve Polo with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:
· Black Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo

· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

N/A Safety Toe work type, hard-soled shoes or boots (no sneakers, sandals, ect.)
Safety toe work shoes marked “ANSI z41.1”
Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 rated) provided by BCTC


The link provided for each book title will take you to  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Precision Machining Technology (3rd Edition) – by Peter J. Hoffman and Eric S. Hopewell

ISBN #: 978-1-337-79530-2

Blueprint Reading for Machine Trades (7th Edition) – by Russ Schultz and Larry Smith

ISBN #: 978-0-13217-220-2

Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices From Machinery’s Handbook, (2nd Edition) – by Christopher McCauley

ISBN #: 978-0-83113-079-4

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Safety toe work type, hard-soled shoes or boots. – No sneakers, sandals, etc. 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 $40.00 – $125.00 Any store
Calculator with Trigonometric Functions (SIN, COS, TAN) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $15.00 K-Mart or Walmart
6” Satin Chrome Rigid or Tempered Steel Rule with 4R graduations. (4R graduations are 1/8”, 1/16”, and Quick Reading 1/32” & 1/64”) Example Here 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $10.00 – $30.00 MSC Direct or Amazon

* 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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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

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