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Precision Manufacturing Technology Overview

Precision Manufacturing Technology

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Precision Manufacturing Technology (PMT) major is designed to prepare students for a technical career using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) tools and techniques.  PMT majors can use CAD to create 3D models and drawings then turn those electronic files into finished machined parts and “prototypes” using CAM software and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) machines.  The curriculum primarily covers the mechanical disciplines of CAD and CAM.  The CAD and CAM courses are taught in state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest release of and SolidWorks and CAM software. 


Coursework includes: 3D CAD, Introduction to Cam, Blue Print Reading, Manual Mill & Lathe Theory, Basics of CNC Turning and machining, Open Manufacturing Labs, CNC Coordinates & Offsets, CNC manual operations, Quality Assurance, Introduction to GD & T, and Manufacturing Internship.

Most of the PMT basic coursework is taught online.  Labs are “hands-on” and on site.  We provide a flexible schedule for open labs to complete the coursework required.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a diploma in Precision Manufacturing Technology.  RCTC offers this 35 credit diploma with the ability to complete it in one year.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework for the PMT Diploma in the fall. 

Career Opportunities/Information

According to the Occupational Employment Statistics in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wages of CNC machinists (50-4012) in the United States is $24.13 per hour.  In Minnesota the median hourly wage for machinists is $24.67.  In Southeastern Minnesota, machinists can anticipate a median hourly wage of $21.10.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/pmt
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RCTCPMT/




Overview content updated: 2016-04-19

Precision Manufacturing Technology Program:

CNC Programming, Machining

Machinist, CNC Operator

Tool and Die

Machine Tool


High Speed Machining

4th Axis

Conversational Programming

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