CNC Precision Machining
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Program Description

The CNC Precision Machining Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for employment in the precision metal working industry. Its purpose is to provide the academic course work, hands-on skills and advanced manufacturing processes required by business. Upon completion of this program students will be able to enter or advance in such fields as mold making, model making, die making, machine repair and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. Students are prepared for employment in both large manufacturing corporations and small precision machining companies. Graduates can continue their education in industrial technology, engineering or business programs leading to jobs in management.

The design of this program will enable a student to be qualified to do entry-level machining work after completing just two semesters. This will be extremely effective for those students in search of a short-term program that will allow them to return to work quickly. Students that can afford more time for education can advance their knowledge and skills by completing a second year with all 24 credits applying toward an AOS degree in Industrial Technology.

Erie Community College has formed an alliance with machining/manufacturing companies in Western New York in order to prepare individuals for employment in the precision machining and manufacturing industry. The college recognizes that the strength of any program is dependent upon the demand and support of local business, thus the creation of the Alliance. ECC, working together with the Machining/Manufacturing Alliance, will prepare students for an industry experiencing a severe shortage of skilled CNC machinists.

ECC will work together with the Machining/Manufacturing Alliance to bring employment opportunities and successful students together. Placement assistance will be available to students through the ECC Career Resource Center and the Industrial Technology Department.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5005
Curriculum Code: 2081
Campus Location: North
Engineering & Technologies Division

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Pre-Admission Recommendations:
Menchanical Aptitude

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:
3 Years of Science
Basic Drafting

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Precision Machine Shops
Manufacturing Facilities
Testing Labs


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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