CNC operator

Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

Precision Redefined - Shape Your Future through COM’s Cutting-Edge Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Tool Operator Program.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is the automated control of machining tools and 3D printers by means of computer programs and commands. In CNC systems, computers play a crucial role in controlling and managing the operations of machine tools. This program is funded by the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) Grant. Apply to the program now.

CNC technology is widely used across various industries for automated precision machining and manufacturing processes.

CNC plays a significant role in diverse industries such as Aerospace to manufacture components for aircraft and spacecraft, including complex and precision parts, Automotive machining is integral in the production of automotive components, such as engine parts, transmission components, and body parts, Medical Device Manufacturing to produce intricate and precise components for medical devices and equipment, and Oil and Gas to manufacture components for the oil and gas industry, such as valves, pumps, and drilling equipment.

Program Details

Next Start Date

June 2024

Learning Format

Face to Face

Program Length

24 weeks

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Career Insights

Occupational summary for CNC Machine Tool Operator

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12,940 Annual Job Openings
(by 2028)

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15% Projected Growth

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$46,760 yr Median Salary / $26.64 hr

Source: Gulf Coast Workforce Board

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Additional Program Info

Cost of Attendance

No Tuition. 100% Scholarships for approved applicants.

All tuition, fees, textbooks and instructional materials are paid for via the TRUE Grant (CNC).

Program Requirements

Program Goals

  • Industry-Relevant Knowledge: Students will be provided with up-to-date information and practices in CNC machining, in alignment with industry standards and technological advancements. problem-solving abilities to troubleshoot and address issues related to CNC programming, tooling, and machining processes.
  • Problem Solving: Develop problem-solving abilities to troubleshoot and address issues related to CNC programming, tooling, and machining processes.
  • Adaptability: Cultivate adaptability to different CNC machines, programming languages, and software platforms, enabling graduates to work across diverse manufacturing environments.
  • Critical Thinking: Encourage critical thinking skills to analyze complex machining tasks, identify potential improvements, and make informed decisions in real-world scenarios.
  • Technical Proficiency: Develop the necessary skills and knowledge for operating CNC machines efficiently and accurately.
  • Safety Awareness: Instill a strong understanding of safety protocols and procedures associated with CNC machine operation to ensure a secure working environment.

Program Outcomes

  • Machine Operation: Demonstrate proficiency in setting up and operating CNC machines. Interpret and execute CNC programs to produce accurate and precise machined components.
  • Safety Procedures:  Identify potential hazards associated with CNC machining. Implement safety protocols to minimize risks and ensure a safe working environment.
  • Tooling and Work holding: Select appropriate cutting tools and work holding devices for specific machining tasks. Demonstrate knowledge of tool changing procedures and tool offset adjustments.
  • Quality Control:  Apply measurement tools and techniques to verify the accuracy and quality of machined components. Implement corrective actions to meet specified tolerances and quality standards.
  • Material Handling and Selection: Understand different materials used in CNC machining. Demonstrate proper material handling and selection based on machining requirements.
  • Blueprint Reading:  Interpret engineering drawings and blueprints relevant to CNC machining. Translate design specifications into CNC programs effectively.

Curricular Content

Course includes OSHA 10 industry certification, Print Reading, Precision Tools and Measurements, Basic Milling Operations, Basic Lathe Operations, and Fundamentals of CNC Machine Controls.

Steps to Admission

The TRUE Grant CNC requires a program application. CNC Application

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