Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician

Technical Diploma

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 appropriate machine shop terminology.
  • Promote a safe and well-maintained work place.
  • Analyze information and formulate plans that will lead to the timely production of a quality product.
  • Utilize appropriate work holding techniques and cutting tool technology as governed by the work piece material properties.
  • Set up and operate common semi precision and precision metal cutting machines according to accepted national and international machining standards.
  • Verify product conformance to design specifications using in-process and post process measurement devices and techniques.

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
421-385 Blueprint Reading 2
444-300 Shop Computing 2
444-301 Metrology 2
444-302 Semi-Precision Machining 2
444-303 Turning Fundamentals 2
444-305 Milling Fundamentals 2
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
Semester 2
444-304 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Interpretations 1
444-306 Turning Applications 2
444-308 Milling Applications 2
444-309 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Fundamentals 2
444-310 Grinding and Gear Techniques 2
444-313 Tooling and Workholding 2
804-308 Shop Mathematics II 2
Semester 3
444-307 Manufacturing Support Systems 1
444-311 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Turning Operations 2
444-312 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Turning - Operations and Programming 1 2
444-314 Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) Techniques 2
444-315 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling- Operations 2
444-321 Basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) 2
806-118 Metal Science 3
Semester 4
444-316 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling-Operations and Programming 1 2
444-318 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling-Operations and Programming 2 2
444-319 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Turning-Operations and Programming 2 2
444-320 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling-Operations and Programming 3 2
444-324 Basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) 2
444-325 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician Internship 2
801-311 Communication 2
 Total Credits55

General Education Courses Within Program

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

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the CNC Technician Career Path (PDF).