Precision Machining Technologies

Machines and equipment such as planes and cars would not work without precise parts. Many of these come out of machine shops using sophisticated manufacturing equipment. The two-year Precision Machining Technologies program gives students the skills and hands-on experience to work in these kinds of machine shops or manufacturing facilities. Students will learn to apply math, read blueprints, the properties of metals, and other practical skills. They will apply inspection techniques and machining processes and procedures in a modern shop equipped with lathes and vertical and horizontal Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. When appropriate, students may be assigned off-site in a working machine shop. This program articulates with Tech Prep programs through the Puget Sound Dual Credit Career Consortium.

Students interested in Basic Machining should enroll in Machining Technologies. For more information, visit the Machining Technologies program page.

Enrollment Point: N/A

Certificate of Completion: 
9 Quarters
154 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
10 Quarters
174 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

David Dickson, Batholomew Kimani, David Schoenmakers

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Complete EdReady Math assessment, scoring 70% or higher.
  • Attend program orientation and testing session before being placed on registration list.
  • Completion of Aerospace and Manufacturing Introduction with a 2.0 or higher in each course is required to move into Basic or Precision Machining pathways; students who receive less than 2.0 in any class may be referred to other RTC programs or developmental math options.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • High school-level courses in advanced math, advanced science, mechanical drawing, and metal shop.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.

Course Information

Precision Machining Technologies Course Requirements

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
MTEC 102 Introduction to Aerospace and Manufacturing 2
MTEC 224 Machining Essentials 10
  Aerospace and Manufacturing Introduction 14
Course # Course Title Crs
MTEC 101 Machine Technology I 3
MTEC 103 Machine Technology II 3
MTEC 105 Machine Technology III 3
MTEC 111 Blueprint Reading I 3
MTEC 113 Blueprint Reading II 3
MTEC 115 Blueprint Reading III 3
MTEC 121 Machining Fundamentals - Lathe 9
MTEC 123 Machining Fundamentals - Mill 8
MTEC 125 Machining Fundamentals - Precision Machining 8
MTEC 130 Basic Metrology 1
MTEC 140 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 8
MTEC 171 Communications I 1
MTEC 172 Communications II 1
MTEC 173 Communications III 1
MTEC 185 Human Relations 1
AMATH 176S Basic Math for Machining 6
AMATH 186S Algebra for Machine Technology 6
AMATH 187S Geometry for Machine Technology 6
AMATH 188S Trigonometry for Machining 7
  +Basic Machining 81
Course # Course Title Crs
MTEC 212 Manufacturing Resource and Research 6
MTEC 220 Hazardous Materials 2
MTEC 231 CNC I 12
MTEC 232 CNC II 12
MTEC 235 CNC V 7
MTEC 240 Manufacturing Trends 4
MTEC 290 Job Search Skills  1
MTEC 291** Cooperative Work Experience/Internship I (optional) (15)
MTEC 292*** Cooperative Work Experience/Internship II (optional) (8)
  +Precision Machining Technology 59
  Total 154
 **Students may take MTEC 291 in place of MTEC 233 and MTEC 234. Instructor's permission is required.
***Students may take MTEC 292 in place of MTEC 235 and MTEC 290. Instructor's permission is required.

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree
Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry or 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus I or  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Machining Programs:

  • Practice safe work standards expected in a machine shop environment
  • Solve problems to carry out manufacturing tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Apply the principles of mathematics, precision measurement and machining, and blueprint reading to the production of parts and tools to industry standards
  • Select and properly use appropriate instruments, tools, and equipment for basic and precision machining operations
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of work, including attendance, interaction with coworkers and supervisors, appearance, and demeanor
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers and supervisors
  • Work effectively in a multicultural, team environment and demonstrate good conflict resolution skills


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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