The Precision Machining Technology program offers a one-year Machinist Certificate and a CNC Operator
Certificate. Both offerings are stackable to allow a pace convenient to students. The program is designed
to prepare traditional and non-traditional students for entry-level positions. Students will be trained in the conventional areas (lathe, mills, drills and grinders}, as well as in Computer Numerical Control (CNC). A working knowledge of the machinery’s handbook will provide graduates the knowledge to be contributors in any environment they work.

A laptop computer is required for this program, and all tools are supplied.

What Precision Machining Technology graduates do:

  • Remove metal with lathes, mills, and drills
  • Fabricate metal-based parts
  • Use software to run CNC-based equipment
  • Calculate and measure angles
  • Design products to specifications
  • Innovate better methods
  • Observe and enforce safety procedures
  • Maintain machines
““I know that sitting in a classroom is not for me, but the PMT program was so much more. I did real things that were hands-on that gave me confidence to build real stuff. KVCC’s PMT program was challenging, but working in the lab was addictive. The better I got at making things, the more I wanted to do it.”
—KVCC PMT Student

More Information on Precision Machining Technology

Mission & Outcomes

Program Mission

The Precision Machining Technology program is committed to providing the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to obtain entry level employment in the metal-products industry.

The program provides communication skills and the ability to recognize the need for lifelong learning. Using high academic standards in a learning environment that is safe and supportive, the participant is expected to develop the necessary skills for a variety of occupations in the metal trades industry.

Educational Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Precision Machining Technology program, a graduate is expected to:

  1. Practice the skills needed to be successful in the metal working industry and to be safety conscious and accountable to himself/herself and the safety of others while expanding his/her knowledge in his/her chosen profession.
  2. Communicate clearly and effectively while responding appropriately to a variety of processes common to the precision machining industry.
  3. Be able to work with others and think as a team member to solve problems that could affect long-range outcomes of specific projects.

Precision Machining Technology Operator Certificate Course of Study

First Semester Credit Hours
PMT101* Precision Machining I 7
PMT111* Precision Machining II 7
BPT126* Technical Print Reading and Sketching 3

Precision Machining Technology Machinist Certificate Course of Study

First Semester Credit Hours
PMT101* Precision Machining I 7
PMT111* Precision Machining II 7
BPT126* Technical Print Reading and Sketching 3
MAT114* Technical Math 3
Second Semester Credit Hours
PMT110* Introduction to Mastercam 3
PMT201* Precision Machining III 7
PMT125 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 3
ENG108 Technical Writing 3

AAS Degree Course of Study

First & Second Semester  Credit Hours
* Precision Machining Technology Machinist Certificate (Prerequisite for AAS program) 36
Third Semester Credit Hours
PMT115 Introduction to Solidworks
MAT214* Technical Math II 3
COM104 Introduction to Communication OR
COM105 Interpersonal Communication 3
______ General Education Elective 3
______ Social Science Elective 3
______ Humanities Elective 3
Fourth Semester Credit Hours
PMT211* Fundamentals of Precision Machining Tech. IV 7

Criteria for Graduation:
Students in the Precision Machining Technology program must complete 61 credits for an Associate’s Degree, or 33 credits for a Certificate, and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all core courses (*), and attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Modern manufacturing firms look for employees who have experience operating a broad range of machine tools and systems, and who know how to read engineering drawings, set up, operate, and program CNC machines, and also use precision measuring and inspection instruments.

Graduates of KVCC’s Precision Machining Technology program are employed as:

  • Machinists
  • Machine Assemblers
  • Machine Tool Designers
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • CNC Machinists
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC programmers
  • Quality control inspector
  • Field Service Representatives

View Gainful Employment data for this career field.


For more program information, please contact:

Jeff Godin
(207) 453-5151