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
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Program Information

  • Cohort Dates:  April 22 - May 24, 2024
  • Application Deadline:  April 8, 2024
  • 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*: NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety Certification; NIMS CNC Mills Operations, NIMS Lathe Operations, OSHA 10 and Mike Rowe Work Ethic
  • Real-world experience: opportunity to work in a CNC lab 
  • Employer Partners: American Axle, Star Cutter Company, Three M Tool and Machine, UHI Group
  • *Note:  If you pass all of the NIMS exams, you would be eligible to receive up to seven credits at OCC. These credits can be applied towards MTT-1000 Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and MTT-1100 Introduction to Machine Tools. Visit the Licensure and Certification Credit web page for more details.

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:  bachelor's or master's degree, journeyman credentials, 10 or more years of experience
  • Sample occupations:  manager, shop owner, plant manager