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About our Precision Machining &
Manufacturing Associate Degree

Precision machinists control, design, maintain, upgrade and operate modern, computer-controlled production equipment and facilities equipment used to manufacture many of the world’s goods. The Precision Machining program equips its graduates with an in-depth multi-disciplinary education in mathematics, physics, engineering technology, both manual and CNC machining, manufacturing processes and methods, as well as a broad education in computer studies, business and liberal arts.

Our highly skilled graduates have gone on to provide hands-on engineering and managerial services in state-of-the-art high-volume and/or high-precision manufacturing enterprises across Maine. Our graduates are currently employed in diverse industries including automotive, packaging, metalworking, power generation, aerospace, medical, defense, bottling and even private consulting companies. Our graduates specialize in precision machining with precision tools using Computer Numerical Controller (CNC) programming and operations.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to safely set up and operate conventional and CNC precision metalworking machinery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to safely machine precision parts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required using CAM.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to inspect machined parts using various measuring equipment and gauging.
  • Demonstrate competency in general education requirements for work and life skills.

Available Equipment and Facilities

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Assembly Operator
  • Assembly Supervisor
  • Automotive Engineer
  • CAD Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Industrial Sales
  • Machinist
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Material Handler
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Millwright
  • Plant Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Systems Engineer

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Tom Narciso, 207-741-5850 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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