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 Certificate of Achievement 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.
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:
CNC program coordinator
Technical Trades and Manufacturing Division