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CNC Precision Machining

CNC Precision Machining

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 ECC's Career Services and the Industrial Technology Department.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the CNC Precision Machining Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  • utilize industrial technology concepts and practices in current drawing standards;
  • write correctly and effectively within technical reports;
  • read critically and think logically;
  • apply basic workplace computational procedures and quantitative analysis;
  • produce technical sketches and drawings;
  • illustrate knowledge of technical concepts and standards;
  • apply processes and materials used by industry;
  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental manufacturing methods, industrial processes and safe use of equipment;
  • apply technical concepts, industrial processes and principles as required; and
  • apply general technical drafting and design principles.

Mission Statement and Goals

Department Goals

  • To offer the Industrial Technology Program to employers in local industry to fulfill their need for training bearing degree credit in the pursuit of career objectives;
  • To offer an entry mode and career path for secondary school students who cannot go directly into apprenticeships or similar skilled positions in industry;
  • To offer opportunities for dislocated workers and persons changing careers to enter new positions that would otherwise be inaccessible; and
  • To provide a means by which local industry can meet growing needs to replace skilled tradesmen, many of whom are now or soon will be of retirement age.


Total Degree Credits: 24.0

First Year, Fall Semester
IT 102 - CNC Mill Programming Credit Hours: 2
IT 115 - Technical Communications and Graphics Credit Hours: 2
IT 121 - Machine Tool Practice I Credit Hours: 4
IT 122 - CNC Mill Operation Credit Hours: 2
IT 210 - Industrial Inspection/Metrology Credit Hours: 2

First Year, Spring Semester
IT 103 - CNC Lathe Programming Credit Hours: 2
IT 123 - CNC Lathe Operation Credit Hours: 2
IT 131 - Machine Tool Practice II Credit Hours: 4
IT 215 - SolidWorks for Industrial Applications Credit Hours: 2
IT 220 - Mastercam, Computer Aided Design Credit Hours: 2

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Available At:

North Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

3 Years of Science
Basic Drafting

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Mechanical Aptitude

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Precision Machine Shops
Manufacturing Facilities
Testing Labs
Gainful Employment Information

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Curriculum Code:



Engineering & Technologies
CNC Machinining

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CNC Precision Machining

Nathan Witkowski
North Campus
Room B315A
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-5896