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Precision Machining Company


Precision Machining Company (PMC) is a Simulated Workplace Program located at United Technical Center in Clarksburg, WV. UTC is a multi-county Career & Technical Center serving Doddridge, Harrison, and Taylor counties and a total of nine local high schools.


Under the direction of Mr. Doug Sands, the company's leadership team currently consists of a project manager, safety supervisor, quality control, toolroom manager, and facilities manager.

“Mr. Sands has been my guide and mentor as I learned so many things this year even when I am confused. With his guidance I am getting my life together to set-up my future.  He builds confidence in his students and pushes us to better ourselves.  He is making a difference and many people are grateful for what he does.  Hopefully he realizes the changes he made in students and the future ones to come.”  Jenny Knotts, Grafton High School

The two-year program is designed for students to learn the skills necessary to operate a variety of machining equipment, such as: lathe, mill, grinder, drill press, CNC Turning Center, and CNC Machining Center. The Simulated Workplace is the first CTE Machine Tool program in the State of West Virginia to achieve NIMS Accreditation. Students in the program will have the opportunity to earn the following NIMS Level 1 Certifications:

  • Measurement Materials & Safety

  • Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout

  • Drill Press

  • Turning Operations: Turning Chucking

  • Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers

  • Milling I

  • CNC Mill I

  • CNC Lathe I


To date, the employees of PMC have earned 47 NIMS Level 1 Certifications since the program was fully accredited in December 2015. Students can also earn 41 credit hours toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Machinist/CNC, Technical Studies, or Board of Governor AAS degrees from Mountwest Community & Technical College in Huntington, WV. On May 10, 2019, Logan Matheny will be the first PMC employee to earn an Associate Degree through the program.

“In these past two years in the Machine Tool Technology Class at United Technical Center I have learned many valuable skills. It has taught me how a real job will be run, responsibility, and how to be a hard worker.  Those skills have come to me with the guidance of Mr. Sands and my fellow Classmates.”  Colin Briggs, Doddridge County High School

The Precision Machining Company has been recognized nationally in publications such as the Manufacturing Engineering magazine, ToolingU/SME, and National Journal.

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