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

Charlie Bell, Instructor 

Rob McDonald, Professor


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-serve 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

learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of safety in work place and use of tools safely 
  • Material knowledge of metals and synthetics to relate to the machining process
  • Machine cutting tools and their designed use including speeds and feeds
  • Knowledge of work holding as it relates to machine shop equipment which include jigs and fixturing and correct machining order
  • Ability to program, edit, setup, and operate CNC lathes and milling machines. Students will be able to produce a variety of parts from 2-D CAD files
  • Able to create swept surfaces, ruled surfaces, projected surfaces, surfaces of revolution, and Coons surfaces
  • Application of proper utilization of tool length libraries and tool step-over distances to produce 3-D parts within specified surface finish requirements       
  • Analysis and planning of manufacturing procedures in the development of a project plan, schedule and control of the project   

class requirements

Please refer to catalog for a complete list of classes: LCSC Catalog      


Machining Intermedicate Technical Certificate

Machining Advanced Technical Certificate 

Machining Associate's Degree

Machining Bachelor's Degree