Friday – October 19, 2018

Machine Tool Operations: CNC Machine Setup and Operation (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma 
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Manufacturing Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-420-1.B

For Information: 414-297-6315
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

To complete the work required for a one-year technical diploma in Machine Tool Operations, you may select this option or the Machine Tool Operations: CNC Swiss Turning Center Setup and Operation option.


Overview — This is a two-semester program covering the setup and operation of the CNC vertical machining center and the CNC turning center. You also will be instructed in how to interpret the CNC programs used by these machines.

Attributes that will assist you in the program include a high mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and mathematical skills. Credit may be given for work experience. 

All program students are required to own or buy a tablet or other mobile device with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe software to connect with ebooks, Blackboard, online handouts, blueprints and related materials. This capability is needed to complete the course requirements.

You have the option to participate in full-time day school instruction for two semesters, or attend on a part-time basis for a longer period of time. Apprentice programs are also available in Machine Tool and Machine Repair. For details about apprentice course requirements, call the apprenticeship coordinator at 414-571-4743.


Career Pathway — After completing this program, your credits can be applied toward earning the CNC Technician technical diploma. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Because of the high volume of manufacturing that takes place in southeastern Wisconsin, CNC machine operators and setup people have marketable skills. Graduates of the program locate positions in which they are expected to set up, operate and interpret the CNC programs of the machine tools. These machines perform a variety of manufacturing processes, such as turning, milling, drilling, threading and contouring.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Set up and operate manual engine lathe
  • Set up and operate manual milling machine
  • Set up and operate CNC turning machine
  • Set up and operate CNC vertical machine
  • Set up and operate surface grinders

Admission Requirements   — The following is required for admission to the program:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers
CNC Setup and Operator - Turning and Vertical
Manual Lathe and Milling Machine Setup and Operator

Related Programs
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician
Machine Tool Operations – CNC Swiss Turning Center Setup and Operation
Mechanical Design Technology
Tool and Die Making


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.







(1)  MACHTL-360







(1)  MACHTL-367

Machine Tool Technology






(1)  MACHTL-384

Machine Trades Mathematics 1






(1)  MDRAFT-385

Machine Blueprint Reading 1






(1)  MACHTL-300

Engine Lathe 1 (4 weeks)






(1)  MACHTL-301

Engine Lathe 2 (4 weeks)






(1)  MACHTL-309

Manual Vertical Milling Machine 1 (4 weeks)






(1)  MACHTL-310

Manual Vertical milling Machine 2 (4 weeks)






(2)  MACHTL-304

Introduction to CNC Programming ‡






(2)  MACHTL-385

Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡






(2)  MDRAFT-386

Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡




(2)  MACHTL-391

Quality Control ‡






(2)  MACHTL-320

Introduction to CNC Turning Centers (6 weeks)






(2)  MACHTL-322

Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers
(6 weeks)




(2)  MACHTL-325

Surface Grinding (6 weeks)






(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication










  ‡ Prerequisite required.

  Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

  For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

  Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated March 2017.