Programs for aspiring CNC machinists can be found at community and technical colleges. Coursework commonly includes the operation and programming of lathes and milling equipment, as well as other machine tools.
10 Schools with CNC Machinist Programs
CNC machinist programs are offered by these institutions.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Clackamas Community College||Oregon City, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,268 In-state Undergraduate; $11,918 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Hawkeye Community College||Waterloo, IA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||$4,466* In-state Undergraduate; $5,166 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,730 In-state Undergraduate; $6,451 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate||$131.77** In-state Undergraduate per credit hour; $248.92** Out-of-state Undergraduate per credit hour|
|Asnuntuck Community College||Enfield, CT||2-year, Public||Certificate||$131.77** In-state Undergraduate per credit hour; $248.92** Out-of-state Undergraduate per credit hour|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||Reno, NV||2-year, Public||Certificate||Not Available|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,733** Undergraduate|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$4,194 In-state Undergraduate; $5,034 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Spartanburg Community College||Spartanburg, SC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$5,210 In-state Undergraduate; $8,472 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,388 In-state Undergraduate; $8,726 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School Websites (2016-2017)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of points to consider when choosing a program in this field.
- Look for programs that have hands-on training opportunities and internships to gain practical experience.
- Aspiring CNC machinists are encouraged to enroll in programs that offer up-to-date, on-campus laboratory facilities that include proper equipment for operation training, such as lathe and milling machines.
- Program outcomes range from a short- or long-term certificate to an associate's degree, and it is important to consider what program is suitable for your personal goals.
- Check the employment records of graduates from each schools' programs to ensure that they have a high rate of graduates successfully employed in their field.
Certificate for CNC Machinists
CNC machinist certificate programs may be completed in two or three semesters.
Diploma for CNC Machinists
Diploma programs for CNC machinists can take up to two years to complete, typically without general education courses.
Associate Degree for Machinists
Associate degree programs for machinists commonly include courses in CNC programming and operation, blueprint reading, machine tool operation and computer-aided design. These programs can typically be completed in two years and include general education courses.
Choosing a program begins with determining what type of credentials you need to pursue your own career goals. Factors such as internship opportunities, location and tuition costs may also influence program choice.