Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician

This two-year technical diploma program is designed to provide students with a broad technical background in both job-shop and production machining. The CNC Technician program was developed using the National Institute for Metalworking Standards (NIMS) and National Tooling and Machining Association standards. The courses are delivered in such a way to allow the students to experience a “hands-on” approach to learning. Furthermore, each student will spend his or her time learning in a practical setting.

Using the CNC/CAM software and equipment, including a four axis machining center, you will learn to select the proper tools and fixtures required to machine parts. A graduate of the program should be proficient in metal machining operations and planning procedures, demonstrating practical machining techniques in accordance with engineering drawing specifications. Topics of study include Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming; Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) software; precision measuring devices including a CMM; precision CNC mills, CNC training and machining centers; blueprint reading; and applied shop mathematics. To complete the program, an intern-ship is required.

In response to employer and student demand for additional educational opportunities, BTC has created pathway certificates within the Computer Numerical Control Program called Manual Mill Machinist and Manual Lathe Machinist.  These certificates can be earned while taking courses within the main program.  The additional opportunities provide students a set of industry recognized skills and abilities that will prepare them for entry level employment.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate machine shop terminology
  • Promote a safe and well-maintained work place
  • Analyze information and formulate plans that will lead to the timely production of a quality product
  • Utilize appropriate work holding techniques and cutting tool technology as governed by the work piece material properties
  • Set up and operate common semi precision and precision metal cutting machines according to accepted national and international machining standards
  • Verify product conformance to design specifications using in-process and post process measurement devices and techniques

Career Outlook:

Job opportunities continue to look good for CNC Technicians, as employers continue to report difficulties in finding workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to fill machining and CNC programming openings. Many job openings will arise each year from the need to replace experienced CNC machinists and programmers who retire.