Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 32-444-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Program

DESCRIPTION

NOTE: Downtown Milwaukee Campus (year one only), Oak Creek Campus

This program prepares you for employment in manufacturing industries that use CNC machine tools.

MATC’s equipment includes six industrial-based CNC machining centers and turning centers, and CAD/CAM workstations, with hands-on experience provided in all phases of programming and operations.

High mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills, and keen spatial and visual abilities are important for success in this program.

CAREER OUTLOOK

Large and small manufacturers employ CNC machine operators/programmers, and due to the high number of industrial companies in southeastern Wisconsin, there is a need for skilled people. The job prospects are especially positive for trained CNC programmers.

The duties of positions typically available to program graduates include developing and preparing numerically controlled programs, assisting in the development of the operational process plan for products to be manufactured, and serving as a liaison between engineering and manufacturing departments.


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This is a four-semester, full-time, day program; the first two semesters are common with the one-year Machine Tool Operations program. All courses within the first year are based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level One Skill Standards in nine separate skill areas. During the third and fourth semesters, you will learn how to build and sample basic stamping dies and plastic injection molds. Oak Creek Campus Downtown Milwaukee Campus (Year One Only)

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Machine Tool Operations

Students will choose one of the two groups of courses: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Setup and Operation or CNC Swiss Turning Center Setup and Operation. Credit may be given for work experience, allowing you to complete the program more quickly. Students will need a tablet or mobile device to complete course requirements.

Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

YEAR 1

 

Credits

MACHTL-360

Metrology ^ *

1

MACHTL-367

Machine Tool Technology ^ *

1

MACHTL-384

Machine Trades Mathematics 1 ^ *

1

MDRAFT-385

Machine Blueprint Reading 1 ^ *

1

MACHTL-347

Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1 *

3
  (or) MACHTL-300 Engine Lathe 1 ^
(4 weeks)

 

MACHTL-348

Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 2 ‡ *

3
  (or) MACHTL-301 Engine Lathe 2 ‡ ^
(4 weeks)

 

MACHTL-361
Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1* 3
  (or) MACHTL-309 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 1 ^
(4 weeks)
 
 

MACHTL-362
Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1* 3
  (or) MACHTL-310 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 2 ‡ ^
(4 weeks)
 
 

MACHTL-304

Introduction to CNC Programming ‡ ^ *

1

MACHTL-385

Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡ ^ *

1

MDRAFT-386

Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡ ^ *

1

MACHTL-391

Quality Control ‡ ^ *

1

MACHTL-371
CNC Swiss Turning Center 1* 4
  (or) MACHTL-320 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers ^
(6 weeks)
 
 

MACHTL-372
CNC Swiss Turning Center 2 * 4
  (or) MACHTL-322 Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers ^
(6 weeks)
 
 

MACHTL-373
CNC Swiss Turning Center 3 * 4
  (or) MACHTL-325 Surface Grinding ^
(6 weeks)
 
 

ENG-340

Workplace Communication ^ *

2

YEAR 2

 

Select one group of programming courses per semester:                                                                          

 

CNC Machining Center Programming:

 

CNC-324

CNC Machine Programming/Prove Out 1 ‡

3

CNC-325

CNC Machine Programming/Prove Out 2 ‡

3

CNC-326

Machining Center CAD/CAM Programming 1 ‡

3

CNC-327

Machining Center CAD/CAM Programming 2 ‡

3

CNC Turning Center Programming:

 

CNC-332

CNC Turning Programming/Prove Out 1 ‡

3

CNC-333

CNC Turning Programming/Prove Out 2 ‡

3

CNC-334

Turning Center CAD/CAM Programming 1 ‡

3

CNC-335

Turning Center CAD/CAM Programming 2 ‡

3

Additional Required Courses:

 

CNC-302

Computer Application/CNC

1

MACHTL-386

Machine Trades Mathematics 3 ‡

1

MDRAFT-320

Coordinate Blueprint Reading ‡

1

CNC-320

Tooling and Fixturing

1

CNC-321

CNC Machine Technology

1

MTLGY-321

Metallurgy 1

1
 

TOTAL CREDITS: 64

 

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Machine Tool Operations technical diploma (CNC Machine Setup and Operations).

* Counts toward earning the Machine Tool Operations technical diploma (CNC Swiss Turning Center Setup and Operations).

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.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools
  • Perform advanced CNC machining operations

Career Outlook

Large and small manufacturers employ CNC machine operators/programmers, and due to the high number of industrial companies in southeastern Wisconsin, there is a need for skilled people. The job prospects are especially positive for trained CNC programmers.

The duties of positions typically available to program graduates include developing and preparing numerically controlled programs, assisting in the development of the operational process plan for products to be manufactured, and serving as a liaison between engineering and manufacturing departments.

Possible Careers

  • CNC Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Programmer

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Machine Tool Operations CNC diploma program
  • Completion of two years of hands-on CNC machine tool experience

Scholarships

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Accreditation

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills
10565 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 10
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-352-4971
www.nims-skills.org

QUESTIONS?

Oak Creek Campus: 414-571-4500

Last updated: 01/24/2020