Complete this program in as few as eight months. Then bring your skills to one of many organizations that rely on CNC Mill and CNC Lathe work for production.
A career as a machinist or a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator is a very rewarding career in which you continually see the results of your labor in finished products. If you are interested in working with your hands and are technically inclined, this could be the career path for you.
How to Enroll
To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!
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Sample Program Plan and Costs
Class Delivery Methods
|On-Campus||Traditional. Classes meet on campus.|
|Virtual||100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.|
|Hybrid||Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.|
|Online||100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.|
|CEUs||Class Hours||Course Title||Cost|
Blueprint Reading and Basic Measuring Tools
An introductory course in blueprint reading and 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.
Introduction to Mills
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
Introduction to Lathes
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.
Fundamentals of CNC Operator/ Programmer Training
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.
Principles of CNC Programming
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.
Mastering CNC Programming
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
Not including fees and equipment