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Precision Machining Technology Certificate

Certificate (C)

C Career & technical education programs for job training Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees


This program provides workforce readiness skills for a career in advanced manufacturing and/or manual machining. It is the recommended curriculum for machinist apprentices as identified by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. The curriculum is based on the standards of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NMIS) with the opportunity to earn Level I industry credentials for manual and CNC.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3 See Placement Requirements ENG 111
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 157. MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 270
MAC 161 Machine Shop Practices I  Offered Fall Only 3    
MAC 162 Machine Shop Practices II Offered Spring Only 3 MAC 161  
MAC 163 Machine Shop Practices III Offered Fall Only 3 MAC161 & MAC 162  
MAC 164 Machine Shop Practices IV Offered Spring Only 3 Mac 161, MAC 162 & MAC 163  
MILESTONE: Basic Precision Machining Technology Career Studies Certificate (See faculty advisor)
MAC 181 Machine Blueprint Reading I 3    
MAC 121 Computer Numerical Control I Offered Spring Only 3    
MAC 122 Computer Numerical Control II Offered Fall Only 3 MAC 121  
MAC 123 Computer Numerical Control III Offered Spring Only 3 MAC 121 & MAC 122  
MAC 130 Introduction to Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) Offered Fall Only 2 MAC 121  
MAC 134 CMM Operation and Programming Offered Fall Only 2 MAC 121  
MAC 150 Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing Offered Spring Only 3 MAC 121  
MILESTONE: Computer Numerical Control Career Studies Certificate (See faculty advisor)
Precision Machining Technology Elective Offered Spring Only 3 MAC 161 & MAC 162 See Note 2
MILESTONE: Earn NIMS Level 1 Certifications
PSY 126 Psychology of Business & Industry 3   PSY 200
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 44    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. The Precision Machining Technology elective requirement may be satisfied by a three-credit course with any of the following prefixes: MAC 195 NIMS Level I Review and MAC 295 Industry Certification.
  3. Related Career Studies Certificates (CSC) – Basic Precision Machining Technology and Computer Numerical Control
  4. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  5. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

Additional Resources

2017-2018 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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