Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology

Program at a Glance

The Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a study of the process of using machine tools (manual and CNC) to manufacture useful products.

  • The program prepares students to be employed as entry-level precision machinists, general machinists and or machine tool operators.
  • The curriculum prepares individuals to shape metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, and milling machines. Instruction in making computations related to work dimension, testing, feeds, and speeds of machines; using precision and gauges; machining and heat-treating various metals; and laying out machine parts is also included. Instruction also includes the operation and maintenance of computerized equipment.
  • During the program of study, students may earn a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification
  • Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology is a program of study designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree.

What can I expect from a career in Precision Machining?

According to the US Occupational Outlook Handbook, machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Workers with computer skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.

In May 2012, the median hourly wage for machinists was $19.67 per hour or $40,910 per year. The median hourly wage for tool and die makers was $22.60 in May 2012.