Precision Machining Technology

Students manufacture precision parts in the school’s NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) authorized training center. The curriculum provides in-school instruction on topics such as: quality control, benchwork, blueprint reading, computer-controlled machines (lathes/milling machines), and manual machines (saws /drills /grinders /lathes and milling machines).

Program Specifics

Two Year Half-Day Program
Year One: 8:05 A.M.-10:40 A.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)
Year Two: 11:35 A.M.-2:10 P.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)

CIP Code

Mr. Eric Tanger

Program Costs
Students are required to purchase the following at an estimated cost of $150:

  • Uniforms
  • Work Boots (preferably steel-toed)
  • Scientific Calculator-TI-35 or better

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Student Certifications


National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) provides industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

NIMS Certifications

NIMS sets industry skills standards, certifies individual skills against the standards, accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements, and promotes innovative solutions, such as competency-based apprenticeship, to connect credentialed and work-ready individuals with employers.

NIMS Machining Level I
NIMS Machining Level I CNC Milling
NIMS Machining Level I CNC Turning
NIMS Machining Level I Manual Surface Grinding
NIMS Machining Level I Manual Turning Between Centers
NIMS Machining Level I Manual Turning Between Chucking
NIMS Machining Level I Manual Drill Press Operations
NIMS Machining Level I Measurement, Materials, and Safety
NIMS Machining Level I Planning, Benchwork, Layout
NIMS Machining Level I Manual Milling

College Articulation and Credits


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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities range from machine operator to tool and die maker or mechanical engineer and may begin in high school with a Co-Op position providing job experience and a salary.


  • Manual Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Inspection Technician
  • Machinery Mechanic
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Set-Up Technician
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Tool & Cutter Grinder
  • Automotive Machinist
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Mechanical Engineer


  • I. Auman Machine Co.
  • Davies Precision Machining
  • Elco Machine & Tool
  • Hauck Manufacturing
  • Kercher Machine Works Inc.
  • Long Machine & Manufacturing Co.
  • Dechert Dynamics
  • K-Machine & Tool

Salary Ranges

PositionPA Projected Employment Growth 2014-2024 Entry SalaryAvg PA SalaryExperienced Salary
Industrial Machinery Mechanic22%$36,530$50,600$57,630
Tool and Die Maker5%$37,400$50,050$56,380
Mechanical Engineering Technician4%$38,910$54,840$62,810
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators21%$27,100$38,480$44,180

Dan Epler, 2002 Palmyra Testimonial

“After high school, I went to Penn College for Industrial Machining and I was better prepared than the majority of other students in the class. The CTC gave me the background I needed to be successful in both higher education and the workplace.”

Dan Epler
Palmyra and LCCTC Graduate

Timothy Auman, I. Auman Machine Co., Inc. Testimonial

“We’ve employed numerous graduates from the CTC and the program has proved to be a very good background and building block for the students. In fact, we look to hire employees who have graduated from the CTC.”

Timothy Auman
I. Auman Machine Co., Inc.