Do you like working with your hands and admiring a finished product at the end of the day? Try our hands-on machining courses to see if a career in precision machining is the right fit for you.

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Machining Credential Courses

Courses meet National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards and prepare students to take NIMS credential tests, administered onsite. Classes meet in BRCC’s welding & machining facility in Mt. Crawford. Registration and testing fees are included in tuition cost. Courses must be taken in the order shown below.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Fabrication

In this introduction to machine tools and machining, you will learn about precision measuring tools and how to use them; how to obtain precise measurements; how to read and understand mechanical drawings; what tolerances are and how a machinist makes parts within specific dimensions. Topics include: machine shop safety and safe practices, the types of machine tools used to create complex components in industry and how they work, and cutting speeds and feed rates for milling and turning operations.

Introduction to Machine Tool Practices I

Learn the fundamentals for manual machine tool practices for the lathe, mill and drill press. Topics include: machine tool safety, proper drilling speeds, different types of drill bits and their coatings; turning and milling speeds, and feed rates.

Introduction to Machine Tool Practices II

Topics include: job planning and management tasks, layout tasks, benchwork tasks, basic measurement, basic machining theory and layout.

Machine Tool Practices – Milling

In this introduction to the manual milling machine, you will learn about each part and function of the machine, machine tool safety, different cutting tools and cutting tool materials, as well as different milling operations and set up.

Turning Operations 1: Turning Between Centers

Continue learning turning operations on the manual lathe with a focus on turning a part between centers. Learn many different turning operations such as threading, knurling and parting as well as job planning with respect to turning between centers.

Turning Operations 2: Chucking

Focusing on the operation of the manual lathe, topics include: turning safety, process improvement and troubleshooting, lathe controls, single-point threading, tapping, fits and tolerances, measurement, process control, tooling and lathe set-up, and layout procedures. Learn the proper sequence and techniques for grinding the surfaces of a lathe tool, by applying proper rake angles.


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Machining Classes