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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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

     

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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

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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 Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate 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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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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CNC Machinist

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.

Career Facts

7%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$48,990

Median salary for CNC Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

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Overview

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

Course Information

Requirements37 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

AMT 191

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 Industry 4

CNC 111

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 Measurements 4

CNC 121

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 Methods 4

CNC 131

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. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
CNC 121
Precision Machining Methods 4

CNC 141

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. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
CNC 131
CNC Theory and Operation 4

CNC 151

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. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
CNC 141
CNC Programming 4

ENG 101

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 I 4

MTH 108

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 Application 4

WRK 291B

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 Strategies 1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CAD 131

4 Quarter Hours

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

Introduction to Manufacturing 4

CAD 141

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 Processes 4

CNC 201

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
MasterCam 4

CNC 202

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.

GibbsCAM 4

EGR 101

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 Graphics 4

WRKTC 201

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), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 37
Program Description

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

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

  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

     

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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