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 Instructors

Robert McDonald, Professor

Charles Bell, Instructor


CNC Machining will require tools. Check out the link for the Tool Kit requirement.


Quality control positions in manufacturing, millwright positions, machining positions, and fluid power industry positions are only some of the places in which employment can be found.

Positions may also be found in the following areas: CNC machining, computer systems for automated manufacturing, fabrication, and project development.

work setting

Job setting can be on the floor, working with production people and all related crafts in successfully coordinating applications and troubleshooting problems. Graduates are able to work directly with the engineer on projects in the plant.


It is strongly recommended that stuents obtain English, mathematics, physics, mechanical drawing, a computer language, and club or organization leadership skills in high school.


Wages vary with skill level, type of employment, geographic location, and job requirements. Beginning CNC Machinists typically start between $14.17 - 17.98 per hour. After 3-5 years of experience in the field, the bottom 10% makes less than $15.800 per hour while the top 10% makes over $37.860 per hour. The median wage is $50,580 per year or $24.32 per hour.


  • Enrollment priority is given to students on basis of student's advising date
  • Aleks score in Math of 30 or higher, Writing Placement Exam of 2 or higher, or qualify for Math 137 and English 101

learning outcomes

  • Be able to create, using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), 2-D construction, using advanced commands, sketching and orthographic views
  • Using CAD will be able to create the fundamental concepts to produce 3D drawings and create 3D objects using surface modeling and solid modeling
  • Uses of simple cutting tools, hand tools, hand held power tools, grinders, and machine tools with focus on milling. Measuring and layout of parts using precision scales, squares, calipers and micrometers
  • 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.
  • Will be able to apply precision dimensioning and development to working drawings and technical illustrations
  • Ensure quality in manufacturing through application of codes and standards, sampling techniques, control charts and implementation of documented quality assurance programs
  • Applying engineering graphic principles using CAD for sectional views, auxiliary views, dimensioning, tolerancing, geometric tolerances, threads and fastners, working drawings, and gears, bearings and cams
  • Analysis and planning of manufacturing procedures in the development of a project plan, schedule and control of the project
  • Hands-on application of manual machine processes: drilling, tapping, milling, grinding, turning, boring and the study of material machining methodology
  • Have the knowledge for lab operation of machining, special attachments, bench work, layout, heat-treating, hardness testing, layout inspection, jig and fixture setup, tool design
  • The development of machining plans for the efficient machining of moderately complex parts
  • Understand numerical controls for x, y, and z-axis application, tool controls for hole and milling operations, blueprint reading for NC and CNC programming, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for NC programming
  • CAD and CAM to turn a virtual object into an actual object; to transform 3-D models (including wire frame, surface, and solid models) into 3-D tool path definitions

class requirements

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