Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

CNC Operator Skills

Designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine tool operators and to enhance the skills of machinists who are currently employed in the trade.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Identify different types of computer numerical machinery, their axis systems, control features, positioning systems, tooling and cutting tools.
  • Solve mathematical calculations necessary to determine part feature locations of machined parts.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

Program is designed to prepare students for programming multi-axis CNC machines.  Tis certificate program is designed for students wishing to further pursue a career in machining or manufacturing. This type of certificate program typically leads to entry to intermediate level careers as a machinist, toolmaker, CNC operator, CNC programmer, manufacturing engineer, process engineer, field service technician as well as a number of other manufacturing/service positions.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Prepare computer numerical control programs for CNC turning and milling machines.
  • Select the appropriate measuring tools to evaluate machined parts to blueprint specifications.

Degrees & Certificates

  • Certificate –  CNC Operator Skills
  • Certificate – Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Apply online at fullcoll.edu
  • Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Dan O’Brien, Department Coordinator
714.992.7586
dobrien@fullcoll.edu

George Bonnand, Instructor
714.992.7576
gbonnand@fullcoll.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate – CNC Operator Skills
Certificate – Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Career opportunities:
• Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
• Computer Numerical Control Machining Center Operator (CNC Machining Center Operator)
• Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist)
• Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
• Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer)
• Machine Shop Lead Man
• Machining Manager
• Process Engineer
• Programmer

Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

Employment of machinists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.

Employment of tool and die makers is projected to decline 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Advances in automation, including CNC machine tools, should reduce demand for tool and die makers to perform tasks, such as programming how parts fit together, that computer software can perform.

Contact Our Department

Dan O’Brien, Department Coordinator

Machine Technology

Average Salary in this Field

$27,040 to

$79,920 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Machining Manager

Programmer

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