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Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

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Certificates for College Credit

Offered at: Boulder County Campus

Critical Shortage of Skilled Machinists

Colorado companies have more high-salaried jobs for qualified machinists than they can readily fill. As a skilled machinist, you can work for a company serving the thriving aerospace, automotive, medical device or computer industry.  You will set up, program and run high-tech machine tools, program parts on CAD/CAM software, figure out the most efficient way to make a part, and work in teams to solve factory and production problems. Later, you could move into management, open your own business, or study to become an engineer.

Machining could be the right career for you if:

  • You like working with your hands
  • You have the ability to think three-dimensionally
  • You want great pay to support yourself and your family
  • You enjoy creating things
  • You like solving problems

Machinist Annual Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Precision Machinist $29,640 $45,417 $53,305

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2016)

Earn a Certificate in as Little as 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.


Manual Machining

16 credits
(1 semester)
Fall or Spring

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.

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CNC Machining

18 credits 
 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.

CNC Machining certificate: See required courses.

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Precision Machining Technology

34-36 credits
(3 semesters)

This Certificate is earned with successful completion of the three certificates listed above: Manual Machining, CAD/CAM, and Quality Control.

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 CNC 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.

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To Get Started:

  1. Apply to FRCC.
  2. If you are a returning student, simply log in to your eWOLF account and register.

  3. Attend a Get Started session
  4. See session times at BoulderLarimer or Westminster campuses If you are not able to attend in person, you can view a recorded session. If you are a returning student, skip to step three.

  5. Complete assessment testing.
    Students who place into Math 108 and CCR 093 are ready to begin the program. Students scoring below these levels should consult with an academic advisor. Make sure to use a study guide, as the test cannot be retaken. If you are exempt from taking the test or have already completed this step, you may skip to step four.

  6. Meet with an advisor and register for classes.

Have Questions?

Check out our FAQ’s or talk with one of our advisors at (303) 678-3628.

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