Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

Training Certificate

Overview

Are you technically inclined and interested in working with your hands? Do you want to further your career or start a new one in the manufacturing industry? The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training program may be right for you. 

In this on-campus program, you’ll gain all the skills you need to work as a CNC operator at one of the many facilities that rely on CNC Mill and Lathe work for production. Earn your certificate in as little as eight months, then get right to work.

What does a CNC operator do?

When manufacturing is automated, machine shop tools such as lathes and mills need to be programmed to create parts to the right specifications. That’s where CNC operators and programmers come in. 

Anything from a part for a kitchen appliance to the engine block for your car was created by a machinist or a CNC operator. CNC machines are used to manufacture components for multiple industries, including:

  • Medical
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Defense
  • Oil and gas
  • Electronics

As a certified CNC operator, you can work for fabrication companies or in a manufacturing plant. Among other potential job duties, CNC operators need to be able to:

  • Read blueprints and enter instructions to program machinery
  • Observe and make necessary adjustments to maintain quality
  • Maintain equipment
  • Follow safety regulations

About the Program

What will my courses be like?

In MTC’s CNC training program, you’ll learn the basics of CNC programming and gain hands-on experience with CNC machines under the supervision of our experienced faculty.

CNC courses cover all the skills you will need to start work in a manufacturing facility. Topics include:

  • Blueprint reading and precision measuring tools
  • Basic working knowledge of vertical mills and machining lathes
  • Functionality of CNC machine components
  • CNC programming

What happens after I complete the program?

Once you successfully complete your coursework, you’ll be qualified for entry-level work as a CNC operator or programmer. 

CNC operators are enjoying a strong job market with full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Since high-volume manufacturers typically run their machining centers 24/7, varied working hours are available. Salaries range from $15-$22 per hour.

You can also choose to further your education with an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Mechatronics.

Why choose MTC?

At MTC, CNC machining students get hands-on, real-world experience that prepares them to enter the workforce. Like the rest of our QuickJobs programs, the CNC certificate was developed to provide intensive and complete job training for a career that will be in high demand over the next decade.

Flexible class schedules enable CNC students to fit coursework around jobs and other obligations. 

Simply put, the CNC Training Certificate will give you the tools you need to jumpstart your career at an affordable cost. In addition, tuition assistance, including scholarships and loans, may be available for this program. 

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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Call 803.732.0432 to talk to us about this program, or email cce@midlandstech.edu

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

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
2.40 24

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.

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-588

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$549.00
3.00 30

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

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-627

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$549.00
3.00 30

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.

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-626

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$599.00
5.40 54

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.

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-572

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$849.00
6.00 60

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.

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-571

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$949.00
4.80 48

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

Classroom

ID: CEMFG-580

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$849.00
 
Estimated Cost
Tuition Assistance
$4,344.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmer

As a CNC Machine Tool programmer, you will program equipment to perform production tasks, determine production equipment settings, select production equipment according to product specifications, study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements, and conduct test runs of production equipment.

Projected Job Growth

+35.6%

Average Annual Salary

$56,482
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Fabrication Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

Careers

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator

As a Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator, you will measure dimensions of completed products or work pieces to verify conformance to specifications, Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment, mount materials, or work pieces onto production equipment.

Projected Job Growth

+10.1%

Average Annual Salary

$41,864
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Fabrication Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

What’s next after I complete this program?

Further Your Education

Earn an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides students with the opportunity to enter the engineering technology field as a Mechanical Technician or Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) technician.

Consider an Associate’s degree in Mechatronics Technology where students will learn how to design systems for the automation of industrial tasks. Mechatronics technicians apply their knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and computer systems to solve technical problems and maintain automated equipment.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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