Machinist - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator

A career in production Machining & Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operations is a very rewarding career. CNC Operators operate computer numerical controlled equipment used in the production of machined components. Basic CNC Programming & Applications based training on actual CNC machines are blended together in this certificate program. If you are interested in using computers, working with your hands and are mechanically inclined, this training program could lead to the career path for you.

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Take all of the following:

Blueprint Reading and Basic Measuring Tools

ID: CEMFG-588

An introductory course in blueprint reading or precision measuring tools. This course will take you through the alphabet of lines, views, and general rules for reading engineering blueprints. This course will also provide hands-on training in the use of micrometers, calipers, height gages, indicators and various transfer gages.

  • Total Hours: 24.00
  • CEUs: 2.40
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Introduction to Mills

ID: CEMFG-627

Learn the set-up and basic working knowledge of vertical mills. Learn proper safety, care, set-up and operation of manual machine shop mills. An excellent course for students with little machining background or students taking the CNC Operator/Programmer certificate program. Prerequisite: Blueprint Reading & Measuring Tools course

  • Total Hours: 30.00
  • CEUs: 3.00
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Introduction to Lathes

ID: CEMFG-626

Learn the set-up and basic working knowledge of machining lathes. Learn proper safety, care, set-up and operation of manual turning lathe. An excellent course for students with little machining background or students taking the CNC Operator/Programmer certificate program. Prerequisite: Blueprint Reading & Basic Measuring Tools course.

  • Total Hours: 30.00
  • CEUs: 3.00
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Fundamentals of CNC Operator/ Programmer Training

ID: CEMFG-572

Gain the knowledge to become a CNC operator/programmer. Topics covered: shop math, right angle trig., English/Metric conversion tooling for mills and lathes, CNC offsets, cutting speed and fee calculations, inter-working, and functionality of the actual CNC machine components. Prerequisite: Blueprint Reading, Mills and Lathe classes.

  • Total Hours: 54.00
  • CEUs: 5.40
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Principles of CNC Programming

ID: CEMFG-571

Transform blueprints into CNC machine programs by designing your own generated CNC programs on computer based simulators in the classroom. Topics covered include: machine language (G & M codes), work coordinates, various types of offsets, cutter compensation, canned cycles, etc. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of CNC Operator/Programmer.

  • Total Hours: 60.00
  • CEUs: 6.00
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Mastering CNC Programming

ID: CEMFG-580

An application-based course covering the knowledge and skills acquired from the Fundamentals and Principles classes. You will utilize your new knowledge to write CNC programs, select tooling and set up the CNC equipment to produce parts to specifications from your own CNC program. Prerequisite: Principles of CNC Operator/Programming

  • Total Hours: 48.00
  • CEUs: 4.80
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