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Precision Machining Technology Certificate

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Certificate (C)

C 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 111 Basic Technical Mathematics 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 154, MTH 161, MTH 167, MTH 261
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 MAC 161 & 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 161  
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) or
MAC 134 CMM Operation and Programming
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)
MAC 199 Supervised Study Summer Only 2 MAC 161, MAC 162 MAC 195
MAC 299 Supervised Study Summer Only 2 MAC 161, MAC 162 MAC 295
MILESTONE: Earn NIMS Level 1 Certifications
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 40    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Related Career Studies Certificates (CSC) – Basic Precision Machining Technology and Computer Numerical Control
  3. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  4. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

Additional Resources

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