• Program: Machine Tool Technology
  • Degree: Occupational Certificate
  • Credits: Total Occupational Certificate Credits 30
  • Academic Planning Guide:


CNC operators make precision and intricate parts for many industries including medical, computer, aerospace and recreational industries. They use computer-operated machine tools following explicit specifications to produce components. These components are produced from many types of metals and other materials. CNC operators are skilled workers who can efficiently operate basic CNC machine tools. The successful CNC operator must also be able to read shop drawings and use precision measuring instruments and hand tools. They must have acquired enough knowledge and sound judgment to perform many machining operations. In addition, they should be capable of making mathematical calculations required for machining the required parts. Credits earned for this certificate may be combined with other certificates and courses to earn a diploma.

Career Opportunities

CNC operators are employed in both small and large manufacturing firms that produce durable goods. Excellent opportunities exist for personal and professional growth in this industry.

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 25 Credits
General Education Requirements 2 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 3 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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