Precision Machining & Programming | Western Technical College

Precision Machining & Programming

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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 

314441

Credits: 

28.00
Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring, Summer

Combine your mechanical aptitude and attention to detail with computer-based design. As a machine tool operator, you will create precision-machined parts that are used in industrial applications from aerospace to consumer product manufacturing. You’ll develop hands-on skills in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, and the machining equipment it controls. You’ll be involved in every phase of part production, working from blueprints and CAD drawings, programming the equipment, machining the parts to exact specifications, and inspecting them to tolerances of 1/30th the diameter of a hair using precision instruments. Skilled machinists are in great demand for specialized tool-making operations and most types of manufacturing. Opportunities for career advancement grow with your experience.

This program is offered using a Competency-Based Education (CBE) format where learning takes place at an individualized pace. CBE measures skills and learning as you progress through the coursework by demonstrating your mastery over each specific skill. This approach often accelerates progress, allowing you to get your degree faster!

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Precision Machining & Programming

This program will cost about $5,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

CNC Machine Operator
CNC Machinist
Manual Machinist
Injection Molding Technician
Machine Tool Operator
Tool and Die Maker

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

This program requires specific software and technology to complete classwork. Click here to see the list of items you will need for your courses.

If you do not have access to the items listed for your program, or if the items you have do not meet the requirements, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus. The Learning Commons can provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.

For additional specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Precision Machining & Programming

Career Pathways

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