Precision Machining Technology

Lead the next revolution in manufacturing tools

Look around and you'll see sports stadiums with automated roofs and beautifully angled city skylines. These structures represent the continual evolution of machining.

Showcase your innovative skills with cutting-edge technology. Gain hands-on machining experience as you design parts that work together flawlessly.

Why study Precision Machining Technology with us?

Your instructors know you by name—not by number. At CLC, the instructors are teachers who have industry-relevant experience. They dedicate their careers to helping you learn and understand machining practices.

You learn to operate, set and program manual and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machines using the same equipment, tools and skills that you will be working with in this career field, all the while receiving personal attention and feedback possible only in small class sizes.

Work with our Academic Success Advisors to plan your transfer to a bachelor’s program at Southern Illinois University or University Center of Lake County where you earn your Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Applied Engineering.

Stackable certificates in Precision Machining Technology

In just one semester, gain in-demand and job-ready skills by completing the 8-credit CNC Operator Certificate. Whether you’re seeking professional advancement or a fresh start, stackable certificates offer a prime path to employment in high-tech manufacturing environments.

See what students love about the precision machining technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Accreditation

    Accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • WIOA Program

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.

Career Degrees & Certificates

For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

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Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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CNC Machining Technology

Associate in Applied Science
Career Degree

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Courses in the program

From machine shop to metallurgy, SolidWorks to AutoCAD, our courses are varied so you can continue your studies to advance the field.

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Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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