CNC Operator Certificate

Career Certificate

Re-tool your career

Learn in-demand skills: how to setup and operate manufacturing machines for local employers with high-tech environments.

The certificate prepares you with the basic knowledge needed to work as a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine operator, manual machinist, or CNC machinist.

Skills include:

  • introduction to basic manual mills and lathes
  • CNC machine operation
  • machine and shop safety
  • fundamental machining processes
  • interpreting blueprints
  • inspection & measuring techniques

What can you do with a CNC Operator Certificate in Precision Machining Technology?

A CNC Operator Certificate prepares you for a career in precision machining technology. The program includes certificates that ladder (or stack) to the associate degree. Each certificate expands the roles you can fill.

Start with CNC Operator, add the CNC Setup Technician Certificate, and then earn the CNC Programming Certificate or the full associate degree. Each certificate builds on the one before it. 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 may be able to start an apprenticeship before you finish 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.


  • 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.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

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

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. 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. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PMT 110 1
    PMT 112 3
    PMT 114 3
    EWE 120 1
    • Course Code PMT 110
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 112
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 114
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EWE 120
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Precision Machining Technology at CLC

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A CNC Operator Certificate is just one possible way to study Precision Machining Technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials, and extra options.

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