CNC Operator | Western Technical College

CNC Operator


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Not Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring, Summer

This program teaches you how to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling and turning machines and perform minor setups. Employers are looking for CNC operators who have math, print reading, measurement, and inspection skills. This certificate provides these important skills, and the credits apply directly toward two of Western’s machining technical diplomas. Get an entry-level operator job and continue your education for further career opportunities.

*Please note that the delivery method for courses may change as the COVID-19 situation proceeds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

CNC Operator

This program will cost about $1,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact a Career Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

CNC Machine Operator

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Perform set-up and operation of basic manually operated metal working machines
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part production and inspection
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools
  • Make machine and/or tooling selection decisions according to accepted machine tool practices

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

CNC Operator

Career Pathways

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