CNC Machinist Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314201

In the one-year CNC Machinist program, you learn to operate machine tools such as engine lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and computer numerical controlled machines. Upon graduation, you have the skills needed to become a CNC operator, machine set-up operator, machine tool operator, machinist, and maintenance mechanic. You may also choose to further your career options by continuing with the second-year of the CNC Technician program.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • CNC Operator: sets up and operates computer numerical controlled machine tools working from blueprints and set-up sheets, sets up fixturing and tooling, produces and inspects parts, and edits CNC programs on lathes and machine centers.
  • Machine Set-Up Operator: sets up and operates a variety of machine tools such as radial drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and grinders; machines metal work pieces, tool, or die parts; analyzes specifications; and determines tooling.
  • Machine Tool Operator: shapes metal to precise dimensions by using machine tools and operates machines such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine equipment.
  • Machinist: analyzes specifications; lays out metal stock; sets up and operates machine tools; and operates a variety of machine tools such as radial drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and grinders to machine a variety of metal work pieces.
  • Maintenance Machinist: sets up and operates a variety of machine tools and fits and assembles parts to fabricate or repair machine tools and to maintain industrial machines.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • All-Around Machinist
  • Journeylevel Machinist
  • Pattern Maker
  • Set-Up Machinist
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Tool and Die Maker

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
  • Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and measurements).
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the CNC Machinist technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
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Second Semester
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Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or better in 10-804-301, Vocational Math A to enroll in 10-804-302, Vocational Math B.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop.
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings.
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection.
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation.
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

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