Precision / Computerized Machining Technology

Precision / Computerized Machining Technology

Location: West Campus (Leesport)      Instructor: Eric Hopewell | Peter Hoffman      CIP Code: 48.0501

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 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:

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
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.

Precision Machining

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:

  • Machinist
  • 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
  • Metrologist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • CNC Service Technician
  • Machine Shop Supervisor
  • Moldmaker
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Technician