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Computer Numerical Control - Advanced Certificate

Computer numerical control machines read codes that drive the machine tool, forming and shaping a part formerly made by manually operated machines.

CNC machinists are in high demand in the job market, because they run the machines that create the products we use in our lives everyday. The Great Lakes Bay Area Manufacturers Association estimates that in the next few years, 500 CNC machine tool positions will be needed in the area.

Some of the duties of a CNC operator are:

  • Studying blueprints or sketches
  • Building tooling, jigs or fixtures
  • Programming and editing
  • Machining work pieces
  • Inspecting and certifying product for dimensional accuracy
  • Light duty repair and maintenance of the CNC machine

About the program

The CNC Advanced Certificate prepares you for entry-level positions to manufacture precision products. You could work in a variety of manufacturing industries such as automotive, aviation, alternative energy, agricultural, medical and communications.

You’ll train to use computer-driven machine tools such as lathes, mills, lasers, water jet, electrical discharge machines and grinders to shape materials to precise dimensions.

The CNC lab houses 36 machines and was significantly renovated in 2015 with the latest technology.

Job outlook

There is renewed interest in Michigan’s manufacturing sector, which provides higher quality work and quicker delivery times. Median hourly national earnings of computer-controlled machine tool operators --metal and plastic, were $17.50 in May 2014.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What students are saying

“Delta has taught me what I need to know in my field. I feel confident I can do this.” – Rachel Juricak

“I have a job in computer numerical control. I was getting a two-year certificate when a job opportunity came my way. Because I was already taking classes at Delta, I was able to get the job. Now, I’m in the apprenticeship program and getting an advanced certificate in CNC. I’ve always worked, but now I’ll have the piece of paper to go with it."– Lee McChesney

“I want to own my own interior design business and make ecological products. Delta’s my way to get there. When I have my own business, I’ll be able to design the products I’ll sell and know the machinery that will make them." – Laura Rollman

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Terry Morse
CNC program coordinator
Technical Trades and Manufacturing Division

Computer Numerical Control - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CTA.35864

As a CNC Machine Tool Programmer/Operator, you will use computer driven machine tools such as lathes, mills, lasers, water jet, wire and/or sinker electrical discharge machines, tube benders, punches, brakes, and grinders to shape materials to precise dimensions. Although some programmer/operators can work with a wide variety of CNC machine tools, most specialize in one or two types. Specific duties may include: studying blueprints or sketches; building tooling, jigs, or fixtures; programming and editing; machine work pieces; inspecting and certifying product for dimensional accuracy; and light duty repair and maintenance of the CNC machine. Many of the CNC courses listed below require prior basic machine tool work experience and/or high school or skill center classes in basic machine tools.

Program Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
MS 1132Introduction to Machining Processes OR ______________
SKTR 113(2)Introduction to Machining Processes ______________
DRF 1213Blueprint Reading OR ______________
SKDR 101(3)Blueprint Reading ______________
MTH ---4Any Approved Intermediate Algebra Course OR ______________
SKMA 103(4)Applied Geometry and Trigonometry ______________
CAD 1203Introduction to CAM OR ______________
SKCA 120(3)Introduction to CAM ______________
MS 181W4Machine Tools I OR ______________
SKTR 181W(4)Machine Tools I ______________
CNC 1624Computer Numerical Control Theory OR ______________
SKCN 162(4)Computer Numerical Control Theory ______________
MS 1203Machinery's Handbook OR ______________
SKTR 183(3)Machinery's Handbook ______________
DRF 1282Geometric Tolerancing OR ______________
SKDR 128(2)Geometric Tolerancing ______________
MS 1824Machine Tools II OR ______________
SKTR 182(4)Machine Tools II ______________
CNC 2164CNC with Machining Applications OR ______________
SKCN 216(4)CNC with Machining Applications ______________
CNC 2254Mastercam OR ______________
SKCN 225(4)Mastercam ______________
CNC 2604CNC Multi Axis OR ______________
SKCN 260(4)CNC Multi Axis ______________
CNC 285W4Computer Numerical Control Capstone OR ______________
SKCN 285W(4)Computer Numerical Control Capstone ______________
45Total Credits

Continuing Education Electives (Optional Courses)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
MS 1853Precision Grinding-Flat Surface ______________
MS 1903Precision Grinding-Cylindrical Surface ______________
MS 2304Machine Tools III ______________

45Total Credits Required For The Advanced Certificate


1 - CAD 120 (or SKCA 120) and CNC 225 (or SKCN 225 are Key courses and must be completed within 5 years of completing certificate. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course. See graduation requirements page in catalog.
2 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.

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