About the Computer Integrated Machining Certificate

The Computer Integrated Machining certificate program offers a broad training experience that prepares individuals for entry-level employment in the machining industry. Through a combination of classroom study and assigned lab activities, students acquire essential background information, develop trade skills, and become familiar with production methods and standards common to the industry. Within the lab setting, the emphasis is on the practical application of skills. Students will learn to operate various conventional machine tools and computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret industrial drawings/blueprints, and use precision measuring and inspection instruments. Students enrolled in the certificate program may enroll in the associate degree program upon completion of the certificate program. Graduates of the Computer Integrated Machining certificate program are employed as machine operators, machinists, CNC operators, and quality control inspectors.

What you’ll learn

  • Demonstrate safe work habits and be conscious of safety when working with machinery. 
  • Read blueprints, interpret drawings, understand specifications, and establish tolerances.
  • Apply mathematics in machine tool technology (speeds, feeds, thread measurement, sine bar, etc.).
  • Operate basic machine tools and demonstrate knowledge of their construction in relation to the metal industry.
  • Operate abrasive cutting machinery; select and plan machining operations on this equipment.
  • Demonstrate skills in quality control, inspection, gauging methods, and production control as they relate to manufacturing design and production.

Sample Job Titles 

CAD-CAM Programmer (Computer-Aided Design Computer-Aided Manufacturing Programmer), Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist), Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer), Programmer

Greiner Advanced Manufacturing Center

Type of program

Length of program
9 months, 37 credits

Tool List (PDF)

Program details

  • CIM 106: Blueprint Reading and Related Math (3 credits)
  • CIM 110: Manufacturing Processes (2 credits)
  • CIM 115: Measurement Systems (2 credits)CIM 118: Lathe and Vertical Milling Machine I (4 credits)
  • CIM 161: Metallurgy (2 credits)
  • MATH 137: Intermediate Algebra (or higher) (3 credits)
  • ENG 106: English Composition (3 credits)
  • *CIM 158: Lathe and Vertical Milling Machine II (3 credits)
  • *CIM 165: Machine Skills Lab I (2 credits)
  • *CIM 175: Computer Numerical Control I (4 credits)
  • *CIM 222: CAD/CAM I (3 credits)
  • Science: ANY Physics or Chemistry Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities: Elective (3 credits)

Total Credits 37

*Prerequisite or co-requisite required.


Kyle Young

Instructor, Computer Integrated Machining 1st

Jared Keim

Associate Professor, Computer Integrated Machining 2nd

Essential Skills Learned

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

  • Write programs in the language of a machine’s controller and store programs on media, such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
  • Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
  • Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine’s controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.
  • Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
  • Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
  • Modify existing programs to enhance efficiency.
Tools used in this occupation
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Computer numerically controlled CNC lathes; Screw machines
  • Calipers — Digital calipers; Vernier calipers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM — Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
  • Drill press or radial drill — Computer numerical control CNC punch presses; Drill presses
Technology used in this occupation
  • Computer-aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD; Dassault Systemes CATIA; Dassault Systemes SolidWork; PTC Creo Parametric
  • Computer-aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; Autodesk PartMaker; Mastercam; Vero Software WorkNC
  • Object or component oriented development software — G code; M code
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
  • Video conferencing software — FaceTime
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Work Activities
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Work Context
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 76% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 47% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 55% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 49% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 59% responded “Every day.”

Interest code: RC

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually, there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Work Styles
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Work Values
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility, and Autonomy.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values, and Social Service.
Thaddeus Stevens College Computer Integrated Machining student working on machine

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