Precision Machining

General Information

The Precision Machining program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions as Conventional or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operators. Skills learned in this program are taught using applied methods where training is practical and hands-on.

Everett Community College offers a number of pathways toward technical careers, using stackable certificates and degrees.  The first level, for students seeking entry into the technical world would be the Manufacturing Pre-Employment Certificate, a credential that would allow one to work in entry-level manufacturing. The next level up would be to take classes leading to a Skills-Oriented Certificate.  And for those seeking a higher level of education, and the job skills and responsibilities that go with it, EvCC offers skills-oriented ATA Degrees.

Everett Community College offers a two-year degree as well as a certificate of proficiency that can be completed in two quarters. Both are designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the manufacturing industry.

Information Sessions

Precision machining information sessions are held at 3:00 pm  - 4:00 pm Index Room 109 on April 15, May 20 and June 17, no RSVP needed. To receive a parking pass email, email Daniela Le Meur at or call 425-388-9570.

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Program Information

The Principles of Precision Machining Certificate is a two-quarter, 40-credit sequence of the technical core classes of the ATA degree. This certificate may be considered a stand-alone credential for people seeking to enter the Precision Machining field, or as part of a stackable set of certificates and degrees in the EvCC Advanced Manufacturing Program leading to a degree in Precision Machining.

Students will develop skills in applied machining including basic programming, set up and operation of CNC machine tools, technical mathematical problems for the machine trade utilizing algebra, geometry and trigonometry to solve shop math formulas and accurately determine tolerances, basic and advanced blueprint reading, conventional lathe and mill operations, small shop tools and operation, shop safety and teamwork.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may work in companies of different sizes, from a four-person shop to large aerospace companies. Employment of machinists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020. Employers are expected to continue needing machinists who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing modern production techniques and almost any task in a machine shop. Manufacturers will continue to rely heavily on skilled machinists as they invest in new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement product design changes more rapidly.

Opportunities for machinists should be excellent as employers continue to value the wide-ranging skills of these workers. Some of the job titles for machinists include Machinist, Tool Room Machinist, Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Automation Technician, Gear Machinist, and Set-Up Machinist.

To prepare students for these careers, the curriculum was designed to meet these program outcomes:

  • Solve technical mathematical problems
  • Read and understand basic engineering drawings
  • Understand and utilize machine technology
  • Write programs and setup CNC machines
  • Operate and perform maintenance on CNC machines
  • Document technical activities in written and verbal reports
  • Be prepared for successful employment

Advanced Training Options

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM)  is designed to give students with two-year applied or technical degrees the opportunity to advance their careers by furthering their education. This dynamic program adds the business component to the technical knowledge area to make the student more marketable in their knowledge area.  Continue your education in Everett, in-person and online course work available. Contact Terry at for more information.

Program Advisors

For specific guidance about this certificate, email Terry Elmore or call 425-388-9964 ext. 7374