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CNC Machining

Technical Certificate

13 Credits | Less than 1 year


Career Cluster: Manufacturing

The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining certificate will help you become a CNC operator/programmer. This certificate is for the student who wants to program and operate CNC machines, upgrade present skills or prepare for new CNC processes coming into their workplace.

Program Overview

This certificate will develop or upgrade your skills in computer applications, machine shop, print reading, geometry and keyboarding. 

Program Outcomes

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining graduates will be able to:

  • Operate and program CNC equipment


The CNC Machining certificate is available at the Superior campus. 


Related Programs

Advance your education with one of WITC's related machining programs, conveniently available at a campus near you. 

Experienced Instructors

As a CNC Machining student, you will have access to instructors with years of machining experience in a variety of industries. 

Current Technology

WITC stays up-to-date with the latest technology that's being used in the industry. Whether you're advancing your skills or just starting out, you can be sure you're learning with relevant technology. 


In this certificate you'll learn the skills that employers are looking for such as CAD/CAM Applications, CNC Milling Operations and more.

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Featured CNC Machining Courses

| 2 CR
Students will learn about program structure (startup, work, shutdown), and basic G-codes including variations caused by machine type and programmer style. They will write simple programs and edit prewritten programs in order to hone their skill. The goal will be to start out simple and move to programs that are both efficient and effective. PREREQUISITE: 32420365 CNC Fundamentals or consent of instructor.
| 2 CR
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) have become standard tools used almost wherever CNC production in metalworking takes place. Students will use the CAD/CAM software to build geometry, tool and material libraries, and define cutting paths/patterns. Post-processing of these CAD/CAM files will generate CNC programs in machine-specific G-code format. PREREQUISITE: 32420361 Introduction to CAD/CAM or consent of instructor.
| 2 CR
CNC machining centers will be utilized in this course for the production of machined parts. This course will include machine/control familiarization, machine startup procedures, program transfers, work-holding preparation, tooling preparation, setting tooling offsets, and part origins. In addition, students will learn how to run the first part including dry runs and making minor tool offset adjustments. PREREQUISITE: 32420365 CNC Fundamentals or consent of instructor.

Admissions and Tuition

To apply for a certificate, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and WITC will guide you from there. 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

CNC Machining

13 Credits | Less than 1 year


$1,898 In Tuition and Fees

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC CNC Machining Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195


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800.243.9482 ext. 4339


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800.243.9482 ext. 6243



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