Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician

Technical Diploma
32-444-1

This two-year technical diploma program is designed to provide students with a broad technical background in both job-shop and production machining. The CNC Technician program was developed using the National Institute for Metalworking Standards (NIMS) and National Tooling & Machining Association standards. The courses are delivered in such a way to allow the students to experience a “hands-on” approach to learning. Furthermore, each student will spend his or her time learning in a practical setting.

Using the CNC/CAM software and equipment, including a four axis machining center, you will learn to select the proper tools and fixtures required to machine parts. A graduate of the program should be proficient in metal machining operations and planning procedures, demonstrating practical machining techniques in accordance with engineering drawing specifications.

Topics of study include Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming; Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) software; precision measuring devices including a CMM; precision CNC mills, CNC training and machining centers; blueprint reading; and applied shop mathematics. To complete the program, an internship is required.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop

    Interpret industrial/engineering drawings            

    Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection    

    Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation      

    Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools         

    Perform advanced CNC machining operations

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • CNC Technician
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Apprentice Machinist
  • Machine Set-up Person
  • Tool Room Machinist
  • Maintenance Machinist

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
444-100 Manual Milling 1 1
444-101 Manual Milling 2 1
444-102 Lathe - Manual Basic 1 1
444-103 Lathe - Manual Basic 2 1
444-104 Blueprint Reading 1 1
444-105 Blueprint Reading 2 1
444-106 Metrology - Basic 1
444-107 Metrology - Table Techniques 1
444-108 Layout & Benchwork 1
444-109 Secondary Operations - Drill Press 1
444-110 CNC G-Code Programming 1 1
444-111 CNC G-Code Programming 2 1
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
 Credits14
Semester 2
444-112 Lathe - Manual Intermediate 1
444-113 Lathe - Manual Advanced 1
444-114 Milling - Manual Intermediate 1
444-115 Milling - Manual Advanced 1
444-116 CNC Mill Fundamentals 1
444-117 CNC Lathe Fundamentals 1
444-118 Surface Grinding Operations 1
444-119 Introduction to Gears & Gear Cutting 1
444-120 Milling - Advanced Setups & Tooling 1
444-121 Lathe - Advanced Setups & Tooling 1
444-144 GD&T Interpretations 1
804-308 Shop Mathematics II 2
 Credits13
Semester 3
444-145 Manufacturing Support Systems 1
444-122 CMM Concepts 1
444-123 Advanced Metrology Concepts 1
444-124 Basic CAD - Solidworks and AutoCAD 1
444-125 Intermediate CAD - Solidworks and AutoCAD 1
444-126 CNC Turning Operations 1 1
444-127 CNC Turning Operations 2 1
444-128 CNC Turning Operations & Programming 1 1
444-129 CNC Turning Operations & Programming 2 1
444-130 CNC Milling Operations 1 1
444-131 CNC Milling Operations 2 1
806-118 Metal Science 3
 Credits14
Semester 4
444-132 CNC Milling Operations & Programming 1 1
444-133 CNC Milling Operations & Programming 2 1
444-134 CNC Milling Operations & Programming 3 1
444-135 CNC Milling Operations & Programming 4 1
444-136 CNC Milling Problem Solving 1 1
444-137 CNC Milling Problem Solving 2 1
444-138 CNC Turning Problem Solving 1 1
444-139 CNC Turning Problem Solving 2 1
444-140 Basic CAM - MasterCAM 1
444-141 Intermediate CAM - MasterCAM 1
444-142 CNC Internship 1
444-143 CNC Capstone 1
801-311 Communication 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits55

General Education Courses Within Program

801-311Communication2
804-306Shop Mathematics I2
804-308Shop Mathematics II2
806-118Metal Science3