Award: Career Pathway Certificate
The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Career Pathway Certificate program stresses principles of interpreting manufacturing part blueprints and the use of basic measuring tools.
The program will teach proper use of CNC mills and lathes, safely setting tool and fixture offsets and use of verified programs to complete part projects on machinery. You will also be introduced to G and M code programming for 2-axis CNC lathes and 3-axis CNC mills.
This program will be delivered and assessed in the order listed below:
|*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality Practices and Measurement, Soft Skills
Completion requires passing MSSC exam.
|Basic CNC Mill Operation||20 hours|
|Basic CNC Lathe Operation||20 hours|
|Intro to CNC Mill Programming||16 hours|
|Intro to CNC Lathe Programming||16 hours|
|CNC Programming Lab||24 hours|
|Total Hours||136 hours|
Seven (7) credits from the CNC Operator Career Pathway Certificate are transferable into the NICC Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician diploma program. In order to earn NICC credit for Career Pathway Certificate coursework, students must earn a minimum grade of C-.
*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system based upon industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards and is the gold standard for front-line industrial training.
It is easy to apply to the CNC Operator Career Pathway Certificate program! Simply follow the steps below to complete the application and assessment process.
Step 1: Attend a Jobs with a Future Event
Register to attend a Jobs with a Future event. You will learn about in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, earning potential and local employment and training options to get started in your career. Some events include networking sessions with industry leaders.
If you plan to enroll in a Career Pathway Certificate, attendance at a Jobs with a Future event is mandatory.
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||Feb. 10, 2015
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||Feb. 11, 2015
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||March 3, 2015
|Peosta Campus||563.556.5110, ext. 312|
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||June 20, 2015
|Town Clock Business Center
|563.557.8271, ext. 380|
Step 2: Application and Assessment
There is no fee to apply, and applications are available at a Jobs with a Future event. Applicants to this program are required to complete an admission assessment, the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Assessment is offered at Iowa Workforce Development Offices in Dubuque and Decorah. Please bring your application to the assessment.
Step 3: Interview
Interview with business and project team leaders for acceptance to the Career Pathway Certificate program!
You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.
Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer credit into the NICC Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician program. Course transfer information is listed in the chart below.
Career Pathway Course
Equivalent Diploma Course
|*MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement and Soft Skills | 40 hours||MFG:126 MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement||2|
|Basic CNC Mill Operation | 20 hours||MFG:293 Basic CNC Mill Operation||1|
|Basic CNC Lathe Operation | 20 hours||MFG:295 Basic CNC Lathe Operation||1|
|Intro to CNC Mill Programming | 16 hours||MFG:345 Intro to CNC Mill Programming||1|
|Intro to CNC Lathe Programming | 16 hours||MFG:344 Intro to CNC Lathe Programming||1|
|CNC Programming Lab | 24 hours||MFG:346 CNC Programming Lab||1|
|136 contact hours||128 contact hours||7 credits total|
*Completion requires passing MSSC test.
*Iowa Workforce Development Data