To prepare students for employment as entry level CNC Machinists. The training program will focus on developing skills in the safe operation of machine tools on CNC mills and CNC lathes. Overall quality techniques will be covered as well as proficient use of precision measuring tools and interpreting mechanical drawings. The program includes both classroom training and hands-on training in machine shop skills.


The average salary for a machinist in industry today is ranked the seventh highest among all American professions (including doctors, lawyers, etc.), and this average salary is higher than the average salary for all four-year college graduates. So if earning a high salary is on your list for selecting occupational opportunities, you need to look at becoming a CNC Machinist. Over 50 percent of all machinists in America today will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. This fact alone shows the tremendous opportunity that awaits the trained and well-qualified machinist. Apply to PCMI and “earn as you learn!”


Precise Tool and Manufacturing Inc. was founded in 1974, and started off as a quick turn around small parts manufacturer. Over the next few years the business grew and expanded. It diversified its capabilities and earned its reputation by building special machinery and prototype equipment for several local industries. Throughout this time the company built up its CNC machine tool base to support the efforts of its design and build department. Seeing the potential growth in CNC parts manufacturing Precise focused its efforts in this area and moved to its current location at 9 Coldwater Crescent, starting with 7,500 square feet of space. At this location Precise put on multiple building expansions and new equipment purchases to support its core competency of precision CNC machining.

In 2012, Precise recognized the need for skilled machinists, and decided to begin training highly motivated students within their own facilities. A small workshop and classroom was created under the very same roof. The Precise CNC Machining Institute (PCMI) was born. PCMI provides candidates that are accepted into the program paid training while learning the trade. This opportunity comes from a company who’s been successful in CNC machining for over 48 years. Our goal at PCMI is to train students for a lifelong career in the CNC Machining trade.





General, fire, OSHA, lock-out-tag-out, MSDS, blood-borne pathogens, machine guarding, PPE, coolants, lifting devices, hearing conversation, and powered industrial truck safety

Technical Math

Fractions, decimals, cartesian coordinates, basic math functions, single function algebra, geometric principles, cutting speeds, RPM, angles, protractors, decimal degrees, right angle trigonometry, gage blocks, sine bar, metric system

Print Reading

Visualizing views, tolerances, dimensions, line terminology, title block, holes, contours, threads, sectional views, bevels, chamfers, tapers, slots, and grooves

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Geometric characteristics, symbols, datums, rules and concepts, calculate material conditions, tolerance zones

Metrology and Precision Measurement

Steel rules, combination squares, protractors, calipers, micrometers, depth micrometers, go-no go gages, height gages, indicators, surface plate, CMM’s, optical comparators

Machining Basics

Layout work, job planning, hand tools, fasteners, jigs, fixtures, cutting fluids, work holding, speeds & feeds, drills, countersinks, counterbores, taps, drill presses, offhand grinding, band saws, hardness tester


Cutting tools, tool selection, insert identification, machining principles, safety regarding mills, nomenclature, speeds and feeds, types of mills


Bench Work

Hand tools, and layout, drill press, band saw, hack saws, hand tapping, offhand grinding, files, deburring


Various projects to include competencies on manual lathes such as safety, machine nomenclature workholders, mounting cutting tools, turning, boring, drilling, tapers, threading, tapping, power feed, parting, maintenance. Various projects to include competencies on CNC Lathes such as power up/down, manual operations, loading a program, reading tool sheet, mounting workholders, mounting tools, adjusting/setting workshift, tool offsets(wear & geometry), dry run, MDI, block delete, optional stop, single block, maintenance


Various projects to include competencies on Manual Mills such as safety, workholding, tool holders, arbors, cutting tools, climb & conventional milling, face milling, side milling, drilling, tapping, squaring a block, squaring a vise, tramming head, edge finder, DRO, backlash, power feed, indexers, hold down clamp kit, maintenance. Various projects to include competencies on CNC Mills such as power up/down, manual operations, loading a program, reading tool sheet, mounting work holding devices to table, mounting tools, adjusting/setting work offsets, tool offsets, dry run, MDI, block delete, optional stop, single block, maintenance


Inspection reports, use of hand measuring tools (Mics., Calipers, Height Gages…)

  • Thread measurement methods and measuring various parts of a thread
  • Machine measurements on optical comparator and CMM
  • Use and care of surface plate