Precision Machining Technology



Skilled machinists are in high demand. In Pine Technical & Community College’s high-tech manufacturing lab, you’ll learn the skills you need to land a great career. This sequence of Certificate to Diploma to Associate in Applied Science Degree program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in the manufacturing industry. Our Advanced Manufacturing Technology program will focus on skills used in a modern machine shop; machinist math, blueprint reading, conventional machine tool theory and lab, an introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) are covered in the first year. The second year offers specialized training in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems, quality concepts and CNC theory and procedures.



Students completing this AAS will be able to: 

  • display organizational skills in set-up and safe operation of conventional machine tools;
  • understand quality philosophies fostering the concept of continuous improvement and perform accurate measurements to ensure parts meet specifications in the production of precision components;
  • program and use computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) computer systems to create tool paths for producing a product using computerized mills and lathes;
  • apply technical knowledge to read and interpret blueprints and solve math and technical problems;
  • demonstrate professional ethics: honesty, respect, teamwork, reliability and initiative when dealing with peers and supervisors;
  • professionally communicate and interact with others in a variety of settings; and
  • understand and recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning.



Additional Information

  • You want to work with your hands, not behind a desk.  
  • You enjoy working with different materials and the satisfaction of creating something tangible. 
  • You enjoy seeing a project through from beginning to end. 
  • You view challenges as opportunities and can use critical thinking skills to solve problems. 
  • CNC Machinist
  • Precision Machinist
  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator 

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  • Fabrication Club 
  • Opportunity to create and manufacture a Capstone project or intern at a local manufacturing facility.   
  • Scholarships available

Why Pine?

At PTCC, we make college possible for those starting out or starting over. Whether you seek a career program, new skills or general education transferable to another college or university, Pine is an excellent choice! Join us for an on-campus or virtual information session.

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