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.

Starting in Fall 2021, this program will be offered using a Competency-Based Education (CBE) format where learning takes place at an individualized pace. CBE measures skills and learning as you progress through the coursework by demonstrating your mastery over each specific skill. This approach often accelerates progress, allowing you to get your degree faster!

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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 an Admissions 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

Software and Technology

This program requires specific software and technology to complete classwork. Click here to see the list of items you will need for your courses.

If you do not have access to the items listed for your program, or if the items you have do not meet the requirements, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus. The Learning Commons can provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at or call 608-785-9198.

For additional specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

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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