Computer-Integrated Machining

Computer-Integrated Machining Technology

The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career as a machining technician through the development of skills in the theory and safe use of hand tools, power machinery, computerized equipment, and sophisticated precision inspection instruments.

What You Will Learn

You will learn to interpret blueprints, to set up manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, to perform basic and advanced machining operations, and to make decisions to ensure that work quality is maintained. The computer-integrated machining program also provides you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in computer numerical control programming and a broader knowledge in computer numerical control graphics programming. All projects are performed on full-scale equipment used in local industry.

Employment opportunities for machining technicians exist in manufacturing industries, public institutions, governmental agencies, and in a wide range of specialty machining job shops. 

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The computer-integrated machining technology program has achieved National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 accreditation now through 2024.  

Our learning environments are home to the industry's latest equipment and software, as well as quality instructors who bring real-world experience into the classroom. This powerful combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning prepares our students for employment in today's 21st century workforce.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning  — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.


Central Piedmont offers apprenticeships with local business partners. With Apprenticeship 2000, you will have the opportunity to:

  • gain 6400 hours of learning manufacturing skills
  • gain 1600 hours of college education
  • earn while learning
  • get free college and a paycheck
  • earn a Journeyman Certificate by the Department of Labor (Commerce)
  • experience dual training - academics in college/hands on at company
  • earn a scholarship for additional college for bachelor's of arts (differences per company)
  • secure guaranteed employment after graduation

For more information about Apprenticeship 2000, contact Eric Easton at or 704.330.2722, ext. 3181.

Computer-Integrated Machining Technician Careers and Average Salary

Employment opportunities for machining technicians exist in manufacturing industries, public institutions, and governmental agencies and in a wide range of specialty machining job shops. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed computer-integrated machining career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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Computer-Integrated Machining Course Sequence

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