Computer Integrated Machining

computer integrated machining

A New Age of Machining

If you’re looking for a career path that will lead you to a great paying job while also utilizing your innovation and hands-on skills, then Computer Integrated Machining could be the right program for you.  You’ll learn the technical skills necessary to fabricate precision parts for modern manufacturing facilities, become familiar with the machines that make, change or repair mechanical systems and master the process of utilizing analytics and automation to take an idea from design to development to finished product.

With a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you will gain experience with current computerized machinery to output standard and specialty parts.  This process applies math and mechanical knowledge in combination with layout and machining operations for optimal output.  

You’ll start out with the “Right Skills Now” program of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that enables you to earn four NAM-endorsed certifications from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).  Earning an AAS degree will allow you the opportunity to become certified for the NIMS Machining Level I credential.  These NIMS certificates are nationally recognized and build upon one another. 

Graduates will find work in a variety of settings, including manufacturing and metal industries, engineering firms and engineering research firms. Positions for which graduates qualify include machinist, tool and die maker or instrument, mold, pattern or model maker.

Dream it. Machine it. Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $1,000 for Machining students starting Spring Semester - Apply by January 4, 2018!  Learn more on the SCC Scholarship Page.

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring Semester
South Central College Credentials: Industry Credentials: National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates and Machining Level I Location: Faribault Campus and North Mankato Campus


The CIM Program at South Central College Includes: 

  • Manual Machining
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Blueprint Interpretation
  • Computer Aided Machining (CAM)
  • Computer Numeric Control (CNC)
  • Machine Operations
  • Precision Measurement
  • High-Speed Multi-Axis Machining
  • Concept Engineering
  • Machining Computations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Applied Welding
  • Lathe Turning
  • Milling
  • Grinding
  • Machine Tool Theory

Employment Outlook
With the manufacturing industry booming, the need for machinists is great and in some instances, critical.  The placement rate for graduates of SCC’s Computer Integrated Machining programs is consistently around 90% and the starting salary is above average for the area.

Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 460 503 9.3% $16.63 $34,590
State 5,667 6,172 8.9% $19.03 $39,582

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Machining Grads Placed*

87% 93% 81% 92% 88%

Machining Grads Continuing Education+

20% 11% 18% 33% 25%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


Program Advisors
Bill Block
CIM Instructor, Faribault Campus
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Jon Morgan
CIM Instructor, North Mankato Campus
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Chris DeVries
CIM Instructor, North Mankato Campus
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