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Computer Numerical Control Operator I Certificate

Open the door to high-tech, high-demand jobs

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: 
    CNC machine operator, CNC machinist

Develop the skills needed to begin a career in the manufacturing/precision machining industry with this 18-credit-hour certificate program. The Computer Numerical Control Operator I certificate focuses on skills used in a modern machine shop. You’ll learn about blueprint reading, get an introduction to conventional machine tool theory and receive an introduction to general CNC operations.

Take classes in machining processes, introduction to CNC machining, CNC lathe operation and programming, prints and schematics, basic technical mathematics and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are experts in their respective fields.

Credit earned for this program can be applied to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree.

Certificate program requirements

This 18 credit-hour certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the manufacturing/precision machining industry. The certificate focuses on skills used in a modern machine shop-blueprint reading, conventional machine tool theory and lab, and an introduction to CNC operations.


Number Course Title Credits
MFT 105 4

Description: Covers fundamentals of machine shop theory and safe practices. Provides familiarization with tools, equipment, and practices of tool, die, and precision metal working industries. Includes introduction to mills, drill press, lathes, and surface grinders. Students are provided classroom and laboratory learning experiences. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

MFT 120 4

Description: Covers advanced machine shop theory with emphasis on safe practices and applications. Includes lathes, grinders (I.D., O.D. and surface), milling machines and tool grinders. Studies production machining, feed and speed applications and quality control techniques applied to precision machining. Introduces gage blocks, height gages, magnetic sine plate and modern indexable tooling. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: MFT 105 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 123 4

Description: Introduces setup and operation of CNC machining and turning centers. Teaches CNC machine tool controls through laboratory experiences and the manufacture of pre-programmed parts including part holding techniques, alignment, process planning, tooling for CNC machine tools, and inspection of machined products. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 120 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 134 3

Description: Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

MTH 097 1 3

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

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Next steps

For more information about manufacturing training, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.