CNC Set-Up/Operator Certificate

Program Number: 97-444-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Campus*: West Bend

Program Description

In a manufacturing environment where machines do much of the labor, the human touch is needed to ensure consistent productivity and high quality of goods. Computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment operators handle the initial startup of a program, maintain quality control of the parts being machined and troubleshoot CNC machine tools when necessary.

Moraine Park's CNC Set-Up/Operator Certificate is designed for individuals who have limited or no manufactuirng background in the setup and operation of CNC equipment. This certificate covers how to perform:

  • Operation of machine tools
  • Computer operations
  • Entry-level CNC programming
  • CNC setup
  • CNC operation
  • Industrial trades math
  • Blueprint reading
  • Use of precision measuring equipment

Tools And Equipment

Students must purchase tool kits for this program.

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates of the CNC Set-Up/Operator Certificate are encouraged to continue their formal training; Moraine Park offers a two-year CNC/Tool and Die Technologies technical diploma program. All courses of the certificate are transferable into the technical diploma program. Graduates of the certificate can find employment in machine shops, metal fabrication, tool and die shops, furniture and wood product manufacturers, and plastics manufacturers.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
439-301 Introduction to Basic Machining 1
439-303 Basic Machining - Milling 2
439-305 Basic Machining - Drilling and Grinding 2
439-399 2D AutoCAD Mold and Die Print Reading 2
444-302 CNC Controls 2
444-333 Basics of Metrology 1
444-350 Basic Programming 3
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
Total 16
Term 2
444-340 Beginning CAM - Mastercam 2
444-355 CNC Machining Center Programming 2
444-365 CNC Machining Center Operation 2
804-361 Occupational Mathematics 2 2
Total 8
Total Credits 24

Academic Planner

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

This certificate is also offered in an evening format. Please click on the Evening Matrix link for more information.

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.