CNC Technicians are machinists with additional skills in programming, setup and operating computer driven machine tools. Most high-tech products including computers, aircraft and medical devices use precision components made on CNC machine tools. The CNC Technician relies on a strong background of machining skills. These skills include the understanding of machines, tooling, blueprints, and additional methods used to produce and inspect a part. After determining the best manufacturing strategies and selecting tools, a CNC program is developed. CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is many times used to assist in developing the CNC program.

Career Opportunities

The successful CNC Technician may start his/her career as a CNC operator and progress to CNC setup, programmer, or inspector. Well paying jobs are available in the medical, aerospace, computer and recreational industries.

Award Outcomes:

  • Apply precision measurement techniques.
  • Demonstrate sawing procedures.
  • Demonstrate drilling procedures.
  • Demonstrate grinding procedures.
  • Demonstrate milling procedures.
  • Demonstrate turning procedures.
  • Interpret blueprints/drawings.
  • Apply heat treating principles.
  • Machine parts with tolerance.
  • Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements.
  • Operate equipment safely.
  • Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements.
  • Operate CNC machines efficiently.
  • Demonstrate teamwork.
  • Develop part designs within a group.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 50 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 7 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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