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Trades and Technology

Precision Machinist/CNC Operator Program 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 240-hour program may be for you!


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 240-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 Campus.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



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



To learn start dates and application deadlines, please use the information listed in the "How Can I Learn More" section to contact us.   



We are passionate about providing a high-quality education and an opportunity for you to pursue your goals. Please contact Rusty Brink at 717-221-1338 for more information.