Precision Metrology Certificate

The Precision Metrology certificate is designed to upgrade or refresh skills for people familiar with measuring systems required in Advanced Manufacturing industries.

Working with tolerances on the order of millionths of an inch, Quality Control Inspectors require the knowledge to operate highly sophisticated inspection equipment such as optical comparators, profilometers and CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) systems. A good mathematical background and understanding of complex GDT (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) drawings is also required to determine the exact parameters to be inspected and how to process a part during the inspection sequence. The classes included in this certificate will benefit those with the responsibility to inspect manufactured products and also would be beneficial to any machine operator or shop manager interested in learning new techniques for inspection. The classes will require students to operate CNC equipment along with all the available inspections tools. A ZEISS Scanning CMM will be the major component of this program along with the available CMM 3D Simulation Software provided by ZEISS. Students will be encouraged to bring samples of personal work to be inspected or 3D CAD drawings used for the simulation software.


Required Courses

Day or Evening Program

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra 3.0
  or MAT 152 Elementary Algebra  
MTT 130 Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions & Tolerances 2.0
CPT 169 Industrial Computer Applications 3.0
QAT 215 Applied Quality Concepts 4.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
  or MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry  
IMT 170 Statistical Process Control 3.0
MTT 243 Advanced Dimensional Metrology for Machinists 3.0
MTT 250 Principles of CNC** 3.0
MTT 270 Operation and Programming of Coordinate Measuring Machines 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 27.0

* All classes may not be offered during specified semesters. Ask advisor for available classes.
** May require some hands-on training to be taken at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.


Updated 4/5/2013

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Program notes

  • This is a stand-alone certificate that requires the student to enroll in the courses as they become available.  Coursework for this certificate probably will not be available on a full-time basis.  This certificate is scheduled to be discontinued, but the classes embedded in the certificate can be offered depending on interest.
  • This program is designed for people with some knowledge of inspection/quality/machining.  This knowledge could be from experience from school or the workplace, including familiarity with reading blueprints and using basic measuring tools.
  • It is best if classes can be taken in the order they are presented in the catalog, but this order is not required.  The schedule is laid out in two semesters, Fall and Spring.  It is possible that some classes may be able to be picked up during the Summer term.
  • MTT courses are offered during days and evenings. 

Notes about individual classes

  • The first math required for this program is MAT 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101. MAT 120 or MAT 170 is also required.
  • This certificate requires CPT 169, and CPT 101 can be substituted for CPT 169.  Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 will use Office 2013.  CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101.  The CPT 101 access code is good for six months.  RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.


  • Enrollment advisor: Please send the MTT academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment if student is not able to meet with his or her academic advisor for initial advisement.
  • You may contact Don Lytch (at the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood) or Phillip Calhoun (at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens) for information about this program.

Advisement information updated 9/2015