Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 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 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician Diploma


NOTE: Downtown Milwaukee Campus: year one only. Oak Creek Campus: year one and year two.

MATC’s equipment includes industrial-based CNC machining centers and turning centers, and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) workstations. Students gain hands-on experience in all phases of programming and operations.

You can earn the Machine Tool operations technical diploma on the way to completing this technical diploma.

Additional program details: This program prepares you for employment in manufacturing industries that use CNC machine tools. High mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills, and keen spatial and visual abilities are important for success in this program.

Related Programs

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Tool and Die Making

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, students learn how to build and sample basic stamping dies and plastic injection molds.

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Machine Tool Operations

Learn in-demand skills for machine tool operations. Students will choose one of two groups of courses to focus on – either Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine setup and operation, or CNC Swiss turning center setup and operation.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name 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-300 Engine Lathe 1 ^
(or) MACHTL-347 Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1 
MACHTL-301 Engine Lathe 2 ‡ ^
(or) MACHTL-348 Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 2 ‡ 
MACHTL-309 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 1 ^
(or) MACHTL-361 Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1 ‡ 
MACHTL-310 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 2 ‡ ^
(or) MACHTL-362 Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 2 ‡ 
ENG-340 Workplace Communication ^  2
MACHTL-304 Introduction to CNC Programming ‡ ^  1
MACHTL-385 Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡ ^  1
MACHTL-391 Quality Control ‡ ^  1
MDRAFT-386 Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡ ^  1
MACHTL-320 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers ‡ ^
(or) MACHTL-371 CNC Swiss Turning Center 1 
MACHTL-322 Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers ‡ ^
(or) MACHTL-372 CNC Swiss Turning Center 2 ‡ 
MACHTL-325 Surface Grinding ^ 
(or) MACHTL-373 CNC Swiss Turning Center 3 ‡ *
Select one group of programming courses per semester:
CNC Machining Center Programming:
CNC-324 CNC Machine Programming/Proveout 1 ‡ 3
CNC-325 CNC Machine Programming/Proveout 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/Proveout 1 ‡ 3
CNC-333 CNC Turning Programming/Proveout 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
CNC-320 Tooling and Fixturing 1
CNC-321 CNC Machine Technology 1
MACHTL-386 Machine Trades Mathematics 3 ‡ 1
MDRAFT-320 Coordinate Blueprint Reading ‡ 1
MTLGY-321 Metallurgy 1 1

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Machine Tool Operations technical diploma (CNC machine setup and operation).
* Counts toward earning the Machine Tool Operations technical diploma (CNC Swiss turning center setup and operation).

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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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 advanced machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform advanced 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.


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CNC Machine Programmer

Admission Requirements

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


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This program is accredited by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, 10565 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 10, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-352-4971;


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Last updated: 08/30/2021