• Precision CNC Machining

    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!

    Student working on a machine

    Precision CNC Machining prepares students to shape the future of manufacturing and technology with cutting-edge, computer-controlled machining equipment. Through this program, students are prepared to be successful in their post-secondary pursuits and the workforce.

    Sample Career Skills


    • Learn how to use semi-precise and precise measurement tools
    • Demonstrate the ability to file, saw and grind metal to size
    • Read and interpret mechanical drawings


    • Use a manual mill to create a part based on a mechanical drawing
    • Use a manual lathe to create a part based on a mechanical drawing 


    • Demonstrate the ability to program and operate a CNC mill and lathe
    • Gain hands-on experience through a co-op, internship or job placement with a real-world employer
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    FANUC Robotics Certification
    General Industry Training (OSHA)
    MasterCam CAD/CAM Certification
    National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certificates:
      • CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
      • CNC Turning: Programming Setup & Operations
      • NIMS Machining Level 1: CNC milling; CNC turning; Manual Drill Press Operations; Manual Milling; Manual Surface Grinding; Manual Turning Between Centers; Manual Turning with Chucking; Measurement, Materials and Safety; Planning, Benchwork, Layout; Machining Level II
         *Students who attend TCHS Pickering enrolled in the Precision CNC Machining program will demonstrate job readiness through NIMS certification.
    SP/2 – Safety and Pollution prevention training
    Open Dual Enrollment Credits
    Delaware County Community College
    SOAR Credits
    Delaware County Community College
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    Reading Area Community College
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.
    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Review the task list.