Precision and power are in your hands.

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Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) operators work in manufacturing industries, making a variety of precision components for the modern marketplace. Applying their analytical, mechanical, and mathematical skills, they work with blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files to set up and operate high-precision lathes, CNC machine tools, and other computerized measuring machines. 

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 9 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of CNC Operator program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $8,325
    Books and supplies: $1,800
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $2,700.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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CNC Operator Certificate from Baker College

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Precision and power are in your hands.

Prepare to shape tomorrow.

Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) operators work in manufacturing industries, making a variety of precision components for the modern marketplace. Applying their analytical, mechanical, and mathematical skills, they work with blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files to set up and operate high-precision lathes, CNC machine tools, and other computerized measuring machines. 

Discover Your Future CNC Operator Career

Career Facts

$40,910

Median salary for Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

7%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$45,920

Median salary for CNC Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

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Overview

In Baker’s CNC Operator program, you gain the technical and specialized knowledge required to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools. 

Our class sizes are small, and taught by working professionals, to provide plenty of one-on-one interaction and hands-on training, including actual work experience. You learn to operate lathes, mills, precision measuring tools, and related attachments and accessories to cut, drill, shape, and finish products and component parts. 

When you graduate, you will be fully prepared to apply your skills in manufacturing precision parts.

Course Information
Requirements37 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AMT 191
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides understanding and interpretation of modern industrial blueprints.

Corequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Blueprint Reading for Industry4
CNC 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to measurement instruments used in manufacturing settings. Addresses Scales, Calipers, Micrometers, Johansson Blocks, Gauges, and Angular Measurement.

Corequisite(s):
AMT 191
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam
Basic Gauges and Measurements4
CNC 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction CNC Theory in manufacturing settings. Addresses basic machining theory and introduction to the use of common tools and techniques in manufacturing.

Prerequisite(s):
CNC 111
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Machining Theory and Methods4
CNC 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to industrial used as references in manufacturing settings. Addresses geometric dimensioning and tolerancing as prescribed standard, including symbols, terminology, and rules.

Corequisite(s):
CNC 121
Precision Machining Methods4
CNC 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to CNC Theory and Operation in manufacturing settings. Addresses feeds, speeds, tools, inserts programming, and sub programs for CNC machining.

Prerequisite(s):
CNC 131
CNC Theory and Operation4
CNC 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to identify and interpret G-codes and M-codes and develop basic programs for CNC operation. Students learn to produce parts and assemblies using CNC machining and to apply troubleshooting techniques to improve or modify CNC programs.

Corequisite(s):
CNC 141
CNC Programming4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to manufacturing equipment, processes, and related topics.

Introduction to Manufacturing4
CAD 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of metals, plastics, and ceramics as well as processes commonly used by the manufacturing industry.

Industrial Materials and Processes4
CNC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides training in the use of the world's leading computer-aided manufacturing industry product design software. Students will learn how to use MasterCam to simulate the design and manufacture of virtual parts and tools. In the process, they will gain experience in calculating and applying geometric dimensions, applying predefined tool paths, and configuring precision manufacturing tools and machines.

Prerequisite(s):
CNC 151
MasterCam4
CNC 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides training in computer-aided manufacturing design software. Students will learn how to use GibbsCam to simulate the design and manufacture of virtual parts and tools. In the process, they will gain experience in calculating and applying geometric dimensions, applying predefined tool paths, and configuring precision manufacturing tools and machines.

GibbsCAM4
EGR 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the use of drafting instruments and computers to generate the necessary geometry for design, analysis, and manufacturing. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Engineering Graphics4
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 37

Program Description

This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools including lathes, mills, precision measuring tools, and related attachments and accessories, in order to perform machining functions such as cutting, drilling, shaping, and finishing products and component parts.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 9 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of CNC Operator program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of CNC Operator program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $8,325
    Books and supplies: $1,800
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $2,700.

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I think the strength of Baker faculty is that they are in the work force.

Katharine Parker