Precision Machining Technology

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Train to qualify for an entry level position in the machine tool trade.

Finish this program in as little as one semester, and get into the job market without delay.

Take the first step to earn your credentials: prepare for NIMS testing.


Precision machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments.  If you enjoy working with your hands, are detail oriented and have fundamental math aptitude – then precision machining might be a good career choice for you. Questions regarding the precision machining program and career field can be directed to Carl Fischer, or Tim Poelker

Prepare to earn your credentials: STLCC’s Precision Machining Technology program was designed in conjunction with the standards set by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This STLCC program prepares students for testing in seven of the level one credentials.

Learn to safely set up and operate:
• milling machines     • lathes     • grinders     • drill presses

You will also learn the basics of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine set-up and operation.

State-of-the-art lab: We invite you to come see our facilities, the largest, most extensive set of machinery of any school in the state. At STLCC you learn on the equipment used in the industry.

Small class size and a focus on hands-on activity.

Faculty: STLCC is a longtime leader in the field of engineering technology, and you’ll learn from seasoned professionals. All of our instructors worked in the industry and bring that experience to the classroom.

Stackable: The credits you earn as part of this certificate of specialization can apply toward your Computer Integrated Manufacturing AAS degree.

Convenience: This program is offered in a condensed one-semester format so students can finish quickly and get employed.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE

  • Machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • Quality Inspection
  • Machine Technology Firms
  • Precision Machining Companies
  • Aerospace Component Manufacturers

St. Louis companies that have graduates of this STLCC program:

  • Deutsche Precision, Inc.
  • Hydromat, Inc.
  • GKN Aerospace
  • The Gund Company
  • Stroco Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Sunnen Products Company


Gainful Employment Data

STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • For more information on expenses incurred as part of this program, please contact the program coordinator.
  • FAFSA Apply Online


Carl Fischer, B.S.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-513-4322

Timothy J. Poelker
Phone: 314-513-4996


Course offerings depend on adequate enrollment.

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. CLICK HERE

Please note: Credits earned in STLCC’s Engineering Technology AAS, CS and CP programs generally do not transfer to engineering bachelor degree programs. If your career goal is to be an engineer, please consider STLCC’s Engineering Science AS degree. Credits earned as part of STLCC’s Engineering Science AS degree transfer to universities nationwide, and provide a strong foundation for future study in a variety of engineering disciplines at a fraction of the cost of a public university.

Related Programs
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Mechanical Engineering Technology


STLCC’s Manufacturing Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two year terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Responding to the needs of the local market: STLCC’s Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing was created to develop a skilled workforce for the region’s engineering and manufacturing sector.  If your business has workforce needs that are not met by our credit course offerings, please contact us to discuss additional options:



The Precision Machining Technology program is based at our Florissant Valley campus. In addition students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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