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cnc set-up/operator certificate


    Program Number: 97-444-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Campus: West Bend
    This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

    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

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    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

    Visit the Admissions Page for details


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    439-399 2D CAD Mold and Die Print Reading 2
    444-302 CNC Controls 2
    444-307 Basic Machining 3
    444-308 Manual Manufacturing 3
    444-350 Basic Programming 3
    804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
    Total 16
    Semester 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

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

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

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