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Precision Machining Programs

The machining and CNC programs at Southwest Virginia Community College are nationally accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Southwest has been awarded a national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

NIMS is the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), their certificates are the only national benchmark to recognize excellence in metalworking training based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards. By securing this national award, the college demonstrates its continued commitment to providing industry-level training within the state of Virginia and for the greater US manufacturing industry.

In order to qualify for accreditation the school had to complete a Self-Study Kit, and host an on-site evaluation to sufficiently demonstrate that NIMS quality requirements are being met. Areas of evaluation included: Administrative support, curriculum, equipment and tooling, industry engagement / advisory committee, integration of NIMS standards and certifications, instructional quality, and safety.

We are extremely pleased that our machining lab has been accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The NIMS academic distinction is the only national certification in the machining field and will help insure that our graduates stand apart in a competitive workforce,” said James Dye, dean of the Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division.


For more information and/or questions, contact Steven Olinger, Assistant Professor of Machining/CNC Technology at (276) 964-7269, call (276) 964-7277, or email

Programs of Study

CNC and Machine Operations – Obtain skills to perform basic operational functions of a CNC Lathe and CNC Mill.

Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate – Entry-level program of study to learn the fundamentals of manual and CNC related machining operations.

Advanced Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate – Go beyond the basics with advanced course working in machining and CNC

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