CNC Machining Technology

Associate in Applied Science
Career Degree

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Learn in-demand skills to set up, operate and program advanced manufacturing machine tools that produce a wide range of tooling, parts and products essential to our local and global economy.

While an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) takes 24 months to complete full-time, short-term stackable certificates are earned along the way and part-time options are available. It prepares you for manual machining and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine shop operations required of today’s precision machining technicians.

Learn about equipment and processes used in the automotive, medical, military, and gas and oil industries, including:

  • sawing
  • cutting
  • grinding
  • milling and turning machine tools
  • programming

What can you do with an A.A.S. in CNC Machining Technology?

An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) prepares you for a career in CNC Machining Technology. The program includes certificates that ladder to the associate degree. Certain classes have industry credentials embedded within them. This makes the credentials very attractive to employers and will help you get a job sooner.

You can start with the CNC Operator Certificate, add the CNC Setup Technician Certificate, and then earn the CNC Programming Certificate or the full Precision Machining Technology Associate Degree. Each certificate builds on the one before it.

You may also pursue an apprenticeship as part of your program.


The CNC program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and national credentialing is available.  

When you complete certain courses, you will be able to take credentialing exams for a fee. Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials. These prepare you for a job and advancement in the high-skilled, high-demand field of metalworking and machining.

Stackable certificates in Precision Machining Technology

In just one semester, gain in-demand and job-ready skills by completing the 8-credit CNC Operator Certificate. Whether you’re seeking professional advancement or a fresh start, stackable certificates offer a prime path to employment in high-tech manufacturing environments.

See what students love about the precision machining technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Accreditation

    Accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Apprenticeships Available

    Learn and earn through structured on-the-job training.
  • WIOA Program

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

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Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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Precision Machining Technology at CLC

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