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Computer Numerical Control - Certificate of Achievement

CNC Coordinator Terry Morse works with a student, showing him how to use one of the CNC machines at Delta College

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.

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 - Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: CTZ.35866

Delta College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) that includes four core courses with additional supporting classes. Computer Numerical Control programmers/operators can work with a wide variety of CNC machine tools although many 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.

Program Requirements -- Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CNC 1624Computer Numerical Control Theory OR ______________
SKCN 162(4)Computer Numerical Control Theory ______________
DRF 1213Blueprint Reading OR ______________
SKDR 101(3)Blueprint Reading ______________
MS 1132Introduction to Machining Processes OR ______________
SKTR 113(2)Introduction to Machining Processes ______________
MS 181W4Machine Tools I OR ______________
SKTR 181W(4)Machine Tools I ______________

Complete two (2) courses from the CNC Supporting Courses

CNC Supporting Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CAD 1203Introduction to CAM OR ______________
SKCA 120(3)Introduction to CAM ______________
MIT 1182Safety Practices and Procedures ______________
MTH 1034Applied Geometry and Trigonometry OR ______________
SKMA 103(4)Applied Geometry and Trigonometry OR ______________
MTH ---(4)Any Approved Intermediate Algebra Course ______________


18/20Total Credits Required For Certificate Of Achievement


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
2 - It is highly recommended that students job shadow to get a full understanding of employment in this area. Please see the program coordinator for these opportunities.
3 - CNC 162 is a Key course and must be completed with 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.

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