Precision Machining

The fast track to a precision tooling career starts at MCC

Monroe Community College has one of the best-equipped college machining programs in New York State. You’ll learn the principles and practices of precision metalworking from journeyman machinists with years of experience.

In just one year, you’ll graduate with a certificate and highly sought skills that prepare you for jobs like these:

  • Computer-controlled machine tool operator
  • Metal and plastic/optician
  • Machinist—optical, aircraft, or automotive
  • First-line supervisor of production and operating workers
  • Machine builder

You’ll also have the opportunity to work part-time while you’re in the program—about 90 percent of our students hold jobs.

And you may even earn course credit based on prior learning. Learn how to test out of courses and earn credit with CLEP.

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School of Applied Sciences & TechnologiesThe School of Applied Sciences & Technologies offers credit and noncredit options that prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering and applied technologies, information technology and computer science, emergency services and culinary arts and hospitality.

Local Manufacturers Need More Tooling and Machining Professionals

We designed the one-year precision tooling certificate program to prepare you for immediate employment in the precision machining industry. Many fields depend upon highly skilled machinists, including:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Military
  • Medical

After earning your certificate, you’ll be ready for a rewarding career at companies like these:

  • DP Tool and Machine
  • MWI, Inc.
  • Brinkman Precision
  • Optimax Systems
  • Cooper Vision
  • Rochester Precision Optics
  • Gleason Corporation

You may also be interested in continuing with a two-year precision machining associate degree or the apprentice training & machine trades program.

To find out more about the precision tooling certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or

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Certificate Program

Department:Applied Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: PM02

This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the precision metal-working industry in Monroe County and the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Included in this certificate is the course work and hands-on skills development necessary to enter apprenticeship programs in mold making, machine building, tool and die making, or employment in production machining. Students enrolling in this program can also prepare for majors in the mechanical, quality, or manufacturing programs offered at Monroe Community College.

All TAM courses are approved as technical related instruction by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training and used by the area's local manufacturers as a means of educating current employees.
Students interested in this program may also be interested in the Apprentice Training: Machine Trades program.
(Housed in the Applied Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate necessary soft skills to acquire a job within a manufacturing industry.
2. Perform manual machine part production to industry standards.
3. Perform computer numerical machine part production to industry standards.
4. Demonstrate measurement techniques necessary for successful employment.
5. Compose machine tool programs necessary for successful employment.
6. Demonstrate written technical communication skills.
7. Apply mathematical skills to solve industrial problems.
8. Interpret engineering models for part production.
9. Follow standard safety practices used in industry.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or Math 098 at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
TAM 101 Machine Shop Theory I3
TAM 105 Machine Project Laboratory OR TOOLING & MACHINING ELECTIVE3
TAM 121 Mathematics for Machinists I3
TAM 131 Machine Shop Print Reading I3
TAM 141 Machine Shop Laboratory3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 17-18 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition OR
CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy
TAM 123 Mathematics for Machinists II OR TOOLING & MACHINING ELECTIVE3
TAM 132 Machine Shop Print Reading II3
TAM 139 CNC Vertical Machine Tool Programming I3
TAM 142 CNC Mill Setup OR
TAM 143 CNC Lathe Setup

TAM 205 CNC Machine Project Laboratory OR
Total 17-18
TAM 115 Principles of Metallurgy 3
TAM 138 Dimensional Metrology 3
TAM 142 CNC Mill Setup 3
TAM 143 CNC Lathe Setup 3
TAM 151 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Machinists 3
TAM 155 Tool and Fixture Design*3
TAM 241 Advanced Machine Shop Laboratory3
TAM 242 Machine Shop Practice IV*3
TAM 245 Computer Aided Manufacturing 3
TAM 246 Computer Aided Manufacturing 23
TAM 251 Statistical Process Control (SPC) for Machinists 3
TAM 255 Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory3
*Additional Recommended Courses for Apprenticeship Training
NOTE: Students currently working in the precision machining industry may substitute a TAM elective for TAM 123, based on work experience and approval of a faculty advisor.
All students enrolled in the program should take the MCC placement exam for advisement prior to registration. It is recommended that students have a minimum of 2 years of high school math or place MTH 104 or higher on the placement exam prior to enrolling in this program. Please seek advisement from the TAM/OPT Coordinator or faculty prior to registration. Call 585-292-3725 for advisement times.