About this program

Smart manufacturing practices are on the rise. And the demand for skilled machinists is higher than ever. At Penn College, you’ll train within an industry-driven curriculum. Master CNC operations, programming, and setup. Practice precision measurement. And explore blueprint reading. In less than one year of full-time study, you’ll hone a well-rounded skillset that’ll prepare you to take the lead in one of the most rapidly growing career fields.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Seamless Certificate-to-Associate Degree Pathway

4.6

Million Jobs Expected to Open in the Next 10 years

Extensive Hands-On Experience

Careers

  • Machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Setup and Operator 
  • CNC Swiss Machine Setup Technician

 

Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Mill Applications (MTT128)
  • Lathe Applications (MTT129)
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM (CIM102)
  • CNC Machining and Programming I (CIM104)
  • CNC Machining and Programming II (CIM124)
  • CAD/CAM (CIM220)
  • Quality Control with GD&T (MTT131)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • Career Mathematics (MTH011)
  • English Composition I (ENL111) or
  • Communications (ENL010)
Facilities

Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center

Thanks to alumni Larry Ward's generous $1 million+ donation, the machining lab has undergone extensive renovations, including 50 new machines for the 14,299 square-foot lab. Check it out!

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Visit Day

Wednesday, May 2610:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Visit Day

Saturday, June 1211:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Visit Day

Wednesday, July 79:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Visit Day

Saturday, July 179:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Lycoming Engines
Southwestern Logo
Gene Haas Logo
SECO Tools
Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Student-designed transmission passes test for Baja SAE team

Student-designed transmission passes test for Baja SAE team

Featuring a new, student-designed continuously variable transmission, the college’s single-seat, off-road vehicle finished eighth out of 96 cars in the endurance race at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech.

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Follow your passion

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Baja SAE

Join other students, across various majors, and apply your skills to design a vehicle to compete in regular Baja SAE competitions.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
05.11.2021

Student to cap family tradition at Penn College commencement

For Thomas L. Snyder, his graduation at Pennsylvania College of Technology on May 16 will mark more than the end of a rigorous ...

04.28.2021

Ceremony celebrates historic gift from alumni businessman

An alumnus’s investment in the next generation of innovators, the literal future of American manufacturing, was spotlighted ...

04.22.2021

Two retired longtime faculty earn ‘emeritus’ designation

Two retired faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology – each with decades of service to the institution – have been ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Tools

It is suggested that students have at least the recommended tools. This will minimize the time spent waiting in line to obtain or return the basic tools to the room. Instructors will help identify what tools are needed during the first day of class. Free lockers are located in the laboratory area. Students must supply their own locks. Lockers must be cleaned and locks removed at the end of the spring semester or College personnel will remove and discard the items.

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Required Tools

Uniform

Do not wear loose fitting clothing that may get caught in a machine; short sleeves or tightly rolled up sleeves are recommended. Long hair should be pulled back and securely fastened. Shop aprons should be worn to reduce the wear and tear on clothing. Safety glasses and safety shoes should be worn during time spent in laboratory area.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Keith Blair, '86, Manufacturing Engineer, L-3 Communications
  • Mr. Walter Boguslaw, Manufacturing Engineer, Harold Beck & Sons
  • Mr. Michael Brown, '89, '96, Manufacturing Engineer, Keystone Friction Hinge
  • Mr. Michael A Fitzgerald, President/CEO, Acero Precision & Altus Spine
  • Mr. Kenneth F Healy, '90, '01, Executive Vice President & Director of Engineering, PMF Industries Inc.
  • Mr. Zach Mazur, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Busch Manufacturing
  • Mr. Glenn Poirier, VP Sales & Marketing, MetalKraft Industries
  • Mr. Chris Washinger, Sales and Applications Engineer, Iscar Metals Inc.
  • Mr. Adam J White, Senior Applications Engineer, Hardinge Inc.
  • Mr. Alex Witter, Director of Engineering, Keystone Friction Hinge