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Computer Integrated Machining

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Program Overview

The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.

Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, and precision measurement.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

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Degree and Certificate Options

  • Computer Integrated Machining — Diploma
  • Computer Integrated Machining — Certificate I
  • Computer Integrated Machining — Certificate II

What You’ll Study

You’ll learn how to interpret blueprints; set up manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machines; perform basic and advanced machining operations; and make decisions to ensure work quality.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll:

  1. Demonstrate the safe use of hand tools, power machinery, and other equipment and tools relevant to metals manufacturing by producing assigned projects that require specific machining skills
  2. Make decisions that demonstrate knowledge of precision measuring tools by performing quality control inspection procedures on projects
  3. Program computer numerical machine tools to produce accurate and functional machine parts
  4. Demonstrate how to visualize and interpret technical drawings to include line types, orthographic projections, dimensions, and notes


Employment opportunities for machining technicians include manufacturing industries, public institutions, government agencies and a wide range of specialty machining shops.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Curriculum Guides

Computer Integrated Machining Diploma, Computer Integrated Machining Certificate I and Computer Integrated Machining Certificate II Curriculum Guides (PDF)