Online CNC Programming Classes and Courses Overview

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) programming courses teach students to develop and run the CNC machine programs needed to shape and cut precision parts used in many industries. Online classes are offered by themselves or as part of certificate and degree programs. View article »

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Online Courses in CNC Programming

Computer numerically controlled or CNC programming courses teach students to develop and run the CNC machine programs needed to shape and cut precision parts used in many industries. Online classes are offered by themselves or as part of certificate and degree programs.

Here are examples of some commonly offered online courses in CNC programming.

  • Introduction to CNC Concepts Class: This introductory class provides students with an understanding of the principles of CNC. Students gain experience and familiarity with the programming, setup and operation of the CNC lathe and CNC mill.
  • Precision Measurements for Machinists Class: The basic concepts behind precision measurements are introduced in this class. Focus is on learning to read prints while understanding measuring devices as well as geometric dimensioning and tolerances. Students use computer simulations to demonstrate what they've learned and how it applies to machining.
  • Intro to CNC Lathes Class: Students learn the basic concepts and functions of CNC lathes through coursework or simulation, depending on the learning method. This class typically focuses on a specific brand of CNC machine. Once the student understands the basics, they practice operation of the machine online using the control panel, soft keys and screen displays.
  • CNC Mill Programming Class: Used as an introductory course for the beginner CNC mill operator or programmer, this class teaches students about the different codes used in programming. Basic formulas and programming mathematics are emphasized in this class.
  • CNC Programming and Applied Mathematics Class: This class is aimed at advanced CNC operators. Students practice advanced content and programming. Advanced formulas and mathematics, using canned cycles, geometry and shop floor trigonometry, are addressed in this class.
  • Mastering CNC Swiss Class: Students are worked through an introduction of CNC to detailed hands-on simulations to gain mastery of the CNC Swiss machine, which is a specified tool in the industry. The class focuses on how the machine works, before progressing to live simulations using a mock machine online.
  • Turning Program Class: This class is intended for intermediate CNC programmers. Students learn how to create and execute simple turning programs.
  • G Code Programming Class: This course provides an introduction to G code programming, which is used to direct CNC machines to create parts. Students also learn how to edit existing part creation programs.

Program Information

Online CNC programming courses teach students all aspects of CNC machine operation, including calculating and selecting the right tool paths, reading blueprints and ensuring that completed pieces adhere to specified measurements. These courses are often part of degree and certificate programs in machine and tool technology and are offered through vocational and technical colleges, as well as online private companies. Upon completion, graduates qualify for jobs like CNC programmer, CNC operator, quality control specialist or machinist.

Students who want to learn about CNC programming can find a variety of relevant courses in online formats, either as credit courses in a certificate or degree program, or as stand alone classes. These classes examine how to operate and program the CNC machines for various functions.

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