3 YEAR Program

The Program


Precision Machinists are highly skilled workers who provide tools, molds and special guiding and holding devices that are used to mass-produce a variety of metal and plastic parts. Machinists set up and operate all types of basic and advanced machine tools using precision measuring instruments. Through our program, students gain a basic understanding of machine tools, measuring instruments, metals and blueprint reading to prepare them for entry level positions in manufacturing. Their desire for continuing education and willingness to learn puts them at a distinct advantage in this rapidly evolving industry.


A Precision Machining student should:


-  Be mechanically inclined

-  Have ability to produce work within prescribed tolerances

    & rigid standards

-  Be able to work quickly & economically

-  Have excellent hand-eye coordination

- Have an average to an above average aptitude in verbal,

    numerical, abstract, and mechanical reasonings, as well as

   spatial relation skills





- Measurement systems, precision measurements

& inspection

- Physics of metal cutting

- Horizontal & vertical bandsawing

- Vertical millwork

- Surface grinding

-   Metallurgy & heat treating processes

-   Lathe operations

CNC milling & lathe operations

-   Design & Engineering (CAD I CAM)

- N.I.M.S certification

- Benchwork


Graduates from the Precision Machining course have gone directly to work,  and continue the  apprenticeship programs they start here, or gone to college to pursue engineering and manufacturing degrees. They work in industries that manufacture automobiles, aircraft, metalworking, fabricated metal products and plastics industries. Employment opportunities in the Crawford County area are good due to the abundance of small to large manufacturing companies which are nationally known for their precision work and skilled craft persons.

Instructional sequence & POS


Meet The Instructor

Mr. James Hillwig has been teaching at the Crawford County CTC for 24 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Edinboro University of PA, his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of PA and is currently working on his Master's degree from California State University of PA. Mr. Hillwig received his Vocational Instructional II Certificate from Indiana University of PA. He received an Instructor Certification from Fanuc Robotics of America and has taken numerous Tool and Die courses. Mr. Hillwig holds all Level I & II National Institute for Metalworking Skills Certificates available (NIMS).

National Institute of Metalworking Skills (N.I.M.S) Level I Machining


Pennsylvania Skills Certificate



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Crawford County Career & Technical Center

860 Thurston Rd., Meadville Pennsylvania  16335

Ph. (814) 724-6024   Fax: 814-337-0602