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Computer Integrated Machining

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) program, offered at COA – Currituck, will prepare you with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea/Computer Aided Design to a finished product. You will learn the skills to safely use conventional and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tools. Accurately use precision measurement and understand metrology terminology.

Successful graduates will be able to qualify for employment as machinist 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 many other areas.

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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)