Precision Machining Technology

Today's advanced manufacturing

Just about every product that you use in your daily activities is the result of a machine tool manufacturing process. If you like hands-on work, are detail-oriented, and are able to develop and follow through on work instructions, a career in machine tool operation offers you lifelong opportunities.

Career Area
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • Flexible Starting Dates
  • 2 Terms 
  • 26 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible

Summer 2024 CBE Schedule

Fall 2024 CBE Schedule

CBE On Campus: Flexible lab/class instruction where you complete assessments at a personalized pace.

Summer Lab Availability: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 AM – 8 PM.

Lab Availability: Monday - Wednesday, 8 AM - 8 PM & Thursday, 8 AM - 4 PM.

Career Outlook

Machine Tool Operation

Median Income: $46,434.00*


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Operate computer-controlled tools, machines, or robots to machine or process parts, tools, or other work pieces made of metal, plastic, wood, stone, or other materials. May also set up and maintain equipment.


Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.


Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from the Lakeshore District.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

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Faculty Bios

Instructor Bios Globe

Mark Lorier

I enjoy sharing what I have learned in this trade and helping to teach and inspire students in the future of manufacturing.

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Pete Rathsack

I teach because I like to see a student succeed, be proud of themselves, advance in their career or start a new career, and to shape them into the person they want to be.

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