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Career Area: Manufacturing
Technical Diploma
Program Number: 31-444-1
Approximately 1 Year to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4303.5
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.
CNC machine instruction

CNC Machine Operator/Programmer Careers

  • CNC Technician
  • Machine Tool Operation - CNC

Average Median Wage

$39517

CNC Machine Operator/Programmer Programs

Combine your mechanical aptitude and attention to detail with computer-based design. As a machine tool operator, you will create precision-machined parts that are used in industrial applications from aerospace to consumer product manufacturing. You’ll develop hands-on skills in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, and the machining equipment it controls. You’ll be involved in every phase of part production, working from blueprints and CAD drawings, programming the equipment, machining the parts to exact specifications, and inspecting them to tolerances of 1/30th the diameter of a hair using precision instruments. Skilled machinists are in great demand for specialized tool-making operations and most types of manufacturing. Opportunities for career advancement grow with your experience.

CNC Machine Operator/Programmer Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
Northwood Tech Machine Tool Operation - CNC at Northwood Tech
Southwest Precision Machining & Programming at Southwest
Western Precision Machining & Programming at Western