• Precision Machining

    (Courses 7410-7420)    Pennsylvania Department of Education CIP Code 48.0501


  • gactc precision machining


    Students are expected to:

    1. Be able to stand for long periods

    2. Be able to measure with a ruler

    3. Be capable of lifting 25 pounds

    4. Possess basic math skills

    5. Be able to work well independently and with others



    Possible Certifications

    National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.

    NIMS Level 1

    OSHA 10

  • Today’s modern manufacturing requires the use of sophisticated machine tools. These tools encompass the use of computers which program and operate the machines. The machinist of today not only needs basic machining skills but also now must have the expertise of computer operations. The training program consists of precision measuring, machine tool operating, blueprint reading, metal characteristics, electric discharge machinery, computer programming, and advanced mathematics.

    In addition to these skills, students may earn credentials through N.I.M.S. (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) based upon national machining standards. After earning these credentials, it is possible for a student to go straight into the manufacturing industries and earn family-sustaining wages with or without post-secondary education or training.



    For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field click here.



    Opportunities for college credit

    GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Click here to review the college credit opportunities for the Precision Machining program. 

Phone: 814-505-1235


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Joe Cowan

Instructor of Precision Machining