Technical & Industrial Division

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CNC Machining Technology

The CNC MachiningTechnology program provides training that prepares students to set and operate manufacturing equipment, handle inspection devices, analyze production problems, and the potential to move into supervision of manufacturing. The program provides a balance between practical training in manufacturing processes and technical education in manufacturing analysis, planning, and control with supporting emphasis in communications, mathematics, science and business.  Students obtain a strong background in machining, engineering graphics, material handling and processing, computers (CADD/CAM, CIM, CNC), manufacturing analysis and planning, and leadership skills. To prepare for entry into the program courses in metal or wood shop, mechanical drawing, English, mathematics, physics, and computers are strongly recommended. Activity in clubs or organizations which emphasize leadership skills is also recommended. There is an opportunity for students to work in industry for a specified time and receive college credit, or to convert work and life experience into college credit for this program. Those interested in such an opportunity are encouraged to contact their advisor for further details at the time of registration. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the program’s CNC Machining Club.

Program InstructorsAutomated2

Rob McDonald, BS, Professor 

Rory DesJardin, AAS, Assistant Professor

Expectations of Students

Upon completion of the CNC Machining Technology A.A.S. degree, the student will be able to demonstrate the abilities to:

  • Set and operate manufacturing equipment and inspection devices.
  • Analyze and solve production problems.
  • Move into supervision positions in manufacturing.


The CNC Machining program requires tools. Check out the following link for the Tool Kit  requirements. 

Job Outlook

Quality control positions in manufacturing, millwright positions, machining center positions, and fluid power industry positions are only some of the places in which employment can be found. Positions may be found in the following areas: CNC machining, industrial electronics, computer systems for automated manufacturing, fabrication, and project development.

Work Setting

Graduates are able to work directly with the engineer on projects in the plant. Job setting will be on the floor, working with production people and all related crafts in successfully coordinating applications and troubleshooting problems. 

AptitudesAutomated Manufacturing 2

Students are strongly recommended to obtain English, mathematics, physics, mechanical drawing, a computer language, and club or organization leadership skills in high school.


Salaries in CNC Machining are related to ability, employer needs, and industry standards. Beginning salaries range from $1,500 to $2,500 per month; salaries after five years ranging from $2,000 to $3,500 per month in paper, wood, steel, aluminum manufacturing plants, and engineering test labs.

Entrance Requirements

  • Program is Fall semester admittance only.
  • Enrollment priority is on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the student’s faculty advising date.
  • Aleks score in Math of 30 or higher, Writing Placement Exam of 2 or higher, or qualify for Math (PT) 137 and English 101.

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Intermediate Technical Certificate              

Advanced Technical Certificate

Associate of Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied Science







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CNC Machining Technology - Intermediate Technical Certificate

CNC Machining Technology - Advanced Technical Certificate