CNC Programming Technician Certificate

Career Certificate
Cost
$7,167*

Metal work meets programming work

Your mind can run machines. Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) machines perform precise, complex metal work over and over—when programmed by a skilled technician.  

Learn to translate blueprints and other job specs into CNC programs. As a CNC programming technician, you will find both jobs and advancement opportunities in manufacturing.

This certificate stacks on top of the CNC operator and setup certificates—or you can start from scratch to earn all three in a year and a half. Take the next step in the high-skilled, high-demand field of metalworking and machining.

The certificate prepares you for process planning, quality control, set-up and operation of manual/CNC machines for current and future needs of industry.

Learn:

  • manual G&M code programming
  • computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • CNC machine tool programming
  • precision measuring devices, including a coordinate measuring machines (CMM)

What can you do with a CNC Programming Technician certificate in Precision Machining Technology?

This certificate prepares you for the next level of technical difficulty for your career in precision machining. After your first semester (a.k.a. the Machine Operator certificate), you can begin working in industry, even as you earn your CNC Setup certificate and this certificate in CNC programming.  

All three certificates fold into the full Precision Machining Technology associate degree. In addition, certain classes have industry credentials embedded within them. These credentials are very attractive to employers.

If you are already employed as a machinist, this certificate is a great way to improve your skill set to advance to the programming level.


NIMS-accredited

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.

Highlights

  • 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 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
    CLC 120 2
    PMT 110 1
    PMT 112 3
    PMT 114 3
    EWE 120 1
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • 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
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PMT 124 3
    PMT 126 3
    PMT 128 3
    • Course Code PMT 124
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 126
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 128
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PMT 136 3
    • Course Code PMT 136
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PMT 132 3
    PMT 134 3
    PMT 138 3
    • Course Code PMT 132
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 134
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 138
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours

34


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Precision Machining Technology at CLC

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

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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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