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CNC Operator (BP) Occupational Certificate

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

CNC operators make precision and intricate parts for many industries including medical, computer, aerospace and recreational industries. They use computer-operated machine tools following explicit specifications to produce components. These components are produced from many types of metals and other materials. CNC operators are skilled workers who can efficiently operate basic CNC machine tools. The successful CNC operator must also be able to read shop drawings and use precision measuring instruments and hand tools. They must have acquired enough knowledge and sound judgment to perform many machining operations. In addition, they should be capable of making mathematical calculations required for machining the required parts. Credits earned for this certificate may be combined with other certificates and courses to earn a diploma.

Award Outcomes

Apply precision measurement techniques

Demonstrate sawing procedures

Demonstrate drilling procedures

Demonstrate grinding procedures

Demonstrate milling procedures

Demonstrate turning procedures

Interpret blueprints/drawings

Apply heat treating principles

Machine parts with tolerance

Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements

Operate equipment safely

Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements

Operate CNC machines efficiently

Demonstrate teamwork

Develop part designs within a group

Career Opportunities

CNC operators are employed in both small and large manufacturing firms that produce durable goods. Excellent opportunities exist for personal and professional growth in this industry.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 25 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MACH1056Blueprint Reading I

3

MACH1100Introduction to Machining Technology

3

MACH1105Drilling and Sawing Processes

2

MACH1110Turning Technology I

3

MACH1120Turning Technology II

3

MACH1125Milling Technology I

3

MACH1130Milling Technology II

3

MACH1135Precision Grinding

2

MACH1140Introduction to CNC

3

General Education Required 3 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MATH1050Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers

4

or

MATH1060Math Pathways for College and Careers

3

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 2 Credits

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MACH2420Blueprint Reading II for Machinists

2

MACH2425Geometry/Trigonometry for Machinists

2

MACH2440Quality Assurance

2

Total Occupational Certificate Credits 30

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MACH1056Blueprint Reading I

3

MACH1100Introduction to Machining Technology

3

MACH1105Drilling and Sawing Processes

2

MACH1110Turning Technology I

3

MACH1125Milling Technology I

3

 

MATH1050Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers

4

or

MATH1060Math Pathways for College and Careers

3

Total Credits  17

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MACH1120Turning Technology II

3

MACH1130Milling Technology II

3

MACH1135Precision Grinding

2

MACH1140Introduction to CNC

3

Technical Studies Electives

2

Total Credits  13

Technical Studies Electives

Recommended: 

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MACH2420Blueprint Reading II for Machinists

2

MACH2425Geometry/Trigonometry for Machinists

2

MACH2440Quality Assurance

2

Choose a Total of:   2 Credits

Graduation (30 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice. 

 

4/14/2021 : BP 4308 / EP