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CNC Machinist 

What it is


Minneapolis College's CNC Machinist program will give you the technical and problem-solving skills needed to work in the metals manufacturing and processing industries. You will receive a solid foundation in basic skills, plus extensive instruction in advanced manufacturing processes. You will practice the art of traditional machining while you learn the applications of computers, including: computer-integrated machining, computer aided design and manufacturing, and computer programming.

You will be trained in important safety and measurement techniques, learn how to interpret detailed blueprints, and perform key mathematical calculations. You will receive hands-on experience as you perform the turning, milling, drilling, and grinding concepts learned in the classroom.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with other class members on team projects to develop valuable teamwork and communications skills that reflect those needed in the industrial setting.

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  • You can start Minneapolis College’s CNC Machinist Program in the Fall Semester (August).
  • You will receive hands-on instruction and personal attention from instructors with industry experience.
  • The program boasts a 98% placement rate.
  • Our classroom work spaces are designed similarly to the work spaces you will encounter on the job to provide relevant training so you can get to work seamlessly after you graduate.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and apply the safety procedures and regulations currently present in their trade.
  2. Demonstrate the skills required by industry, in the safe operation and use of common hand tools and manual machinery.
  3. Generate Computer Numerical Control programs utilizing G and M coding as well as basic integration of CAD/CAM computer generated programs.
  4. Recognize and apply the necessary Math and Blueprint Reading skills required for employment in their trade.
  5. Construct projects on Computer Controlled machinery utilizing their manual programming skills as well as CAD/CAM computer generated programs.