Computer Numerical Control

Computer Numerical Control

There is an immediate need for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operators, who make parts and pieces from raw materials.  

CNC operators produce and machine parts by programming, setting up and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. In this technician role, you’ll maintain equipment, adhere to quality and safety standards as well as keep detailed part records.  

  • Average entry-level wage range:  $16 - $20 per hour
Free Training Available to Qualified Candidates

Program Information

  • Cohort Dates:  April 24 - May 26, 2023
  • Days/Times:  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Auburn Hills Campus
  • Value: $3,200

What to expect

  • Focus: The CNC Machine Operator program is designed to prepare you for entry-level positions in the field. It will give you all of the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to become certified in several key areas.  
  • Certifications: NC3 Mike Rowe Work Ethic, NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety Certification; NIMS CNC Mills Operations, NIMS Lathe Operations
  • Real-world experience: Lab experience at least once per week. 
  • Employer Partners: American Axle, Becker Orthopedic, UHI Group

Application Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • 18 years or older
  • Not currently registered in school within a local educational agency
  • Registered with the Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Other eligibility factors may apply 

Career Pathway

Jobs in the CNC industry are in high demand and several employers are currently hiring. Your personal career pathway will depend on training, education, and on-the-job experience.

Entry Level
  • Education:  high school diploma, apprenticeship, OCC short-term training certificate
  • Sample occupations:  CNC machine operator, long-term operator, apprentice
  • Education:  OCC certificate or associate's degree, journeyman's card, three or more years of experience
  • Sample occupations:  set-up machinist, CNC programmer
  • Education:  bachelor's or master's degree, journeyman credentials, 10 or more years of experience
  • Sample occupations:  manager, shop owner, plant manager