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. The UAA CNC program is a two semester, cohort-based training with more than 500 hours of instruction. Upon completion, graduates will earn a CNC Setup and Operations credential, qualifying them for a number of entry-level positions.

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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. 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.

Graduates are ready for positions such as 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.



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