Precision Machining

Machining Certificates for College Credit

Offered at: Boulder County


There is a high demand for qualified candidates to fill machinist jobs. We’ve worked with dozens of manufacturers in Northern Colorado to design a series of classes to help meet the demand for skilled machinists.

This program provides entry-level skills for students seeking careers in machining technology as well as higher-level skills for experienced machinists looking to advance their careers. We offer both a credit and non-credit machining training.

Earn a Certificate in Machining in 15 Weeks

Certificates are earned sequentially after the completion of each semester, beginning with the Manual Machining Certificate and followed by the CAD/CAM and quality control certificates. Each certificate is designed to prepare students for a job in the industry at the end of the 15-week semester. Upon completion of all three semesters, students are awarded a Precision Machining Technology certificate.

See Machining course descriptions.

CAD/CAM          

12 credits
(1 semester)                     

This certificate program trains students in computer numerical control (CNC) lathe operations and CNC milling operations. They gain exposure to Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Machining (CAD/CAM) for 2-axis machining, 3-axis wireframe and surface modeling, lathe programming, and direct numerical control (DNC) systems. Students also learn about the production and surfacing of three-dimensional geometry.

CAD/CAM certificate: See required courses.

   

Manual Machining

17 credits
(1 semester) 

This certificate program offers training in safety procedures, bench tools, layout tools, power equipment, precision measurement, and hand tools. Students will learn to read blueprints and interpret symbols, notes dimensions and tolerances. They will be introduced to basic lathe and milling applications.

Manual Machining certificate: See required courses.

   

Precision Machining Technology

35 credits
(3 semesters) 

This certificate program builds on the Manual Machining Certificate and introduces students to computer numerical control (CNC) turning and milling operations, exposure to Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Machining (CAD/CAM) for 2-axis machining, 3-axis wireframe and surface modeling, lathe programming, and DNC systems, and the production and surfacing of three-dimensional geometry. Students also learn proficiencies in metrology and geometric dimension/tolerance.

Precision Machining Technology certificate: See required courses.

   

Quality Control

6 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program teaches the principles of dimensional metrology and the importance of quality control, total quality management (TQM), and statistical process control (SPC) processes in manufacturing environments. Students will interpret and apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) in machining or drafting per American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5 specifications, the world standard.

Quality Control certificate: See required courses.

Assessment Testing is Required

Students who are reading at the college level, place into CCR 093 or above, and place into MAT 050 or above may begin the Machining program.

Students scoring below any of these levels should consult with a faculty member before registering for courses, and will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.


Accuplacer exemptions:

  • English: ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT Verbal/Critical score of 440 or higher (scores are required to be no more than five years old)
  • Math: ACT score of 19 or higher or SAT Math score of 460 or higher (scores are required to be no more than five years old)
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or college level English or Math classes (no more than five years old) at the appropriate level (transcripts or diplomas are required)
  • Contact us with questions about Accuplacer exemptions.


Note: Completion of MAC 100 Machine Shop Safety is required for all certificates, and must be completed before all lab use.

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