Precision Manufacturing

Precision Manufacturing Degrees

Precision machinists use tools like lathes and milling machines to produce precisely measured metal parts. Most machinists work in the manufacturing field, but precision machining, in general, can be applied to many industries. Everything from healthcare to automotive uses parts that must be created by machinists.

The ability to set up and monitor precision machines is in high demand, and the field only continues to grow. It’s a highly-valued set of skills that comes with challenging, satisfying work and fantastic entry-level wages.

Eligible Programs

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Lake Area Technical College

  • Electronic Systems Technology – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree
  • Precision Machining – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree
  • Robotics – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree

Mitchell Technical College

  • Automation Controls/SCADA – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree

Southeast Technical College

  • Mechatronics – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree

Western Dakota Technical College

  • Drafting & Machining Technology – 2-Year Program, AAS Degree
  • Precision Machining – 1-Year Program, Diploma
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Focus on utilizing technology to help businesses run as efficiently as possible.

Precision Manufacturing

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