Uniquely Abled Academy

High-Performing Jobs for ADULTS WITH AUTISM

The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA) at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is designed to provide students on the Autism spectrum the hands-on training needed to prepare for a career as a  computer numerical control (CNC) operator. Individuals on the spectrum, who can participate in activities without the assistance of a caregiver (DSM-5 terminology: Level 1 Autism) are welcome to apply.

The UAA CNC program is a two semester, cohort-based training with more than 500 hours of instruction. Participants will learn how to apply basic safety practices in the machine shop, interpret industrial/engineering drawings, apply precision measuring methods to part inspection, and perform basic machine tool equipment setup and operation. 

Upon completion, graduates will earn a CNC Setup and Operations credential, qualifying them for a number of entry-level positions, including machine trainee, machinist apprentice and CNC operator, with salaries starting at $14-$17 per hour. If graduates want to continue expanding their skills, the CNC Setup and Operations courses are part of MATC’s Machine Tool Operations technical diploma, allowing graduates to get a jump start on earning additional credentials.  

Space is limited. Learn more about this innovative program at an upcoming UAA Information Session.

Register for a CNC Lab Tour

For more information, contact  uniquelyabled@matc.edu or 414-297-6962.


CNC operators are an essential part of 21st century manufacturing. This in-demand occupation seeks individuals with unique and specific skill sets.  

To be successful in this role, CNC operators should have the following traits: a keen eye for detail, mechanical aptitude, ability to perform mathematical calculations, basic understanding of computer software, ability to comply with safety guidelines, and strong problem-solving and multitasking skills.

Eligibility requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of UAA admissions steps
  • Ability to function independently in social and academic settings