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Trades and Technology
Trades and Technology

Precision Machining and CNC Technology Certificate - Non-Credit (0016)

Are you a logical thinker who enjoys machinery and fixing things? Do you have the ability to make decisions and ensure that work quality is maintained? Our 336-hour program may be for you!

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You can apply for entry-level positions related to CNC setup, operation and programming; quality control specialist, industrial manufacturing technician, production technician, or entry-level machinist.



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Our 336-hour program is designed to prepare you for employment in entry-level positions within the industrial maintenance and machining industry by teaching you the fundamental knowledge and skills required to become an expert machinist. This program teaches students:

  • how to interpret blueprints
  • perform shop math calculations
  • work with precision measurements and measuring tools
  • set-up and complete projects on both traditional lathes and mills, as well as CNC machines
  • attention to detail, work to close tolerances, improve your mechanical aptitude and solve mechanical challenges by working through logical steps
  • Shop safety including OSHA-10 certification training

This curriculum is designed to prepare you to:

  • Define lean manufacturing concepts
  • Demonstrate measuring skills and proper usage of precision measurement tools: Vernier calipers, sine bar, micrometer, height gage, gage block, dial indicator and comparator
  • Read and interpret industrial blueprints for part and component fabrication or assembly
  • Create basic CNC programs for milling and turning from part schematics
  • Set up conventional and automated mills and lathes
  • Describe common "G" and "M" codes and their functions
  • Select proper tools, speeds, and feeds to machine a part
  • Demonstrate safe machine shop practices
  • Complete the OSHA-10 hour safety training for general industry
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of SolidWorks design software and the application's functions. Learn the relationships between MasterCAM and SolidWorks


  • View summaries of our noncredit courses at HACC by browsing our schedule.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Upon completing your certificate, you can continue your education and choose from a variety of associate degrees including mechanical engineering technology at HACC!
When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer credits to a four-year school.

For your convenience, you can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg-Midtown #1 Campus through on-campus/in-person instruction.


Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.



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