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Precision Machining Technology Certificate

G3 Eligible Program– Qualifying students may have ZERO costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks. 
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PURPOSE: This four-semester program prepares students for entry-level jobs in machining.  This program is offered at the Chester Campus. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders.

CREDENTIALS: A Certificate is a program of study typically less than two years in length with a major in a career-technical area.  Students receiving a CERT intend to pursue immediate employment. Students can earn industry-recognized certifications in both manual and Computer Numerical Control machining. Student can complete the Career Studies Certificates (CSC) in Basic Precision Machining Technology and Computer Numerical Control during their program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet Brightpoint admission requirements. New students should work with their New Student Navigator to get ready for their first semester. They can also email for assistance. Continuing students should work with their faculty advisor on academic planning and graduation requirements.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an introductory level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Calculate and interpret linear and micrometer measurements relevant to machining operations.
  2. Earn nationally-recognized Level One Materials, Measurement, and Safety (MMS) credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
  3. Earn nationally-recognized Level One Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
  4. Write procedures using terminology and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to produce numerical control code for machines.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
SDV 100 - College Success Skills 1 credit
ENG 115 - Technical Writing Additional Course Option:  ENG 111

Prerequisite(s): Qualifying placement score or test waiver.

3 credits
MTH 111 - Basic Technical Mathematics Additional Course Options: MTH 154, MTH 161, MTH 263 

Prerequisite(s): Competency or successful completion of any of the following: MDE 10; OR any two of MTE 1-9; OR other placement methods. 

3 credits
MAC 161 - Machine Shop Practices I (Offered Fall Only) 3 credits
MAC 162 - Machine Shop Practices II (Offered Spring Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 161 

3 credits
MAC 163 - Machine Shop Practices III (Offered Fall Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 161, MAC 162.

3 credits
MAC 164 - Machine Shop Practices IV (Offered Spring Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 161, MAC 162, MAC 163.



3 credits

MILESTONE: Basic Precision Machining Technology Career Studies Certificate

MAC 181 - Machine Blueprint Reading I 3 credits
MAC 121 - Computer Numerical Control I (Offered Spring Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 161.

3 credits
MAC 122 - Computer Numerical Control II (Offered Fall Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 121.

3 credits
MAC 123 - Computer Numerical Control III (Offered Spring Only)

Prerequisite(s): MAC 121, MAC 122.

3 credits
MAC 130 - Introduction to Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) Additional Course Option:  MAC 134 

Prerequisite(s): Basic understanding of computer numerical control (CNC). MAC 121 

2 credits
MAC 150 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing (Offered Spring Only) 3 credits

MILESTONE: Computer Numerical Control Career Studies Certificate 

MAC 199 - Supervised Study (Offered Summer Only)  Additional Course Option: MAC 195 2 credits
MAC 299 - Supervised Study (Offered Summer Only) Additional Course Option: MAC 295 2 credits

MILESTONE: Earn NIMS Level 1 Certification

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 40


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.

To determine eligibility for Career Studies Certificates (CSC) in Basic Precision Machining Technology and/or Computer Numeric Control (CNC), students should consult their faculty advisor.

Courses noted as Fall only, Spring only, or Summer only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.