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Contact: Stephen JamesTitle: Department ChairContact: sjames@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook CNC Technician

Technology and Health Division 
E0431
Skills Certificate 

Theory and application of computer numerical control (CNC) machining practices using mills and lathes typical in a wide range of industries. Designed to adapt and upgrade machining skills to industry standards and encourage the development of supplemental skills in computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), metrology,  and problem-solving to better address the current needs and expectations of industry. Includes project models that closely approximate industry-representative applications with an emphasis on best practices, efficiency, and an understanding of the way machined parts relate to other related components in the manufacturing environment.

Required Courses 
 

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
Select a related job title below to view demand & salary information
    • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

      Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4011.00

      Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $32.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $43,222.39
      Annual Job Openings
      1,420

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools

      Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools

      SOC Career Code: 51-4012.00

      Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.39

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $71,094.39
      Annual Job Openings
      328

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators

      Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4031.00

      Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.55

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $36,164.41
      Annual Job Openings
      1,455

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Operators

      Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4033.00

      Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $27.13

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $35,190.93
      Annual Job Openings
      977

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

      Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4034.00

      Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $43,850.80
      Annual Job Openings
      362

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Milling and Planing Machine Operators

      Milling and Planing Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4035.00

      Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.57

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,792.00
      Annual Job Openings
      250

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Machinists

      Machinists

      SOC Career Code: 51-4041.00

      Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $36.51

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $45,130.49
      Annual Job Openings
      4,185

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Multiple Machine Tool Operators

      Multiple Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4081.00

      Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.64

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $35,654.94
      Annual Job Openings
      843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
How to Complete the Program

Guided Pathways

Program Guided Pathways

Certificate & Degree Details

Select a certificate below to expand details
  • CNC Technician

    Technology and Health Division 
    E0431
    Skills Certificate 

    Theory and application of computer numerical control (CNC) machining practices using mills and lathes typical in a wide range of industries. Designed to adapt and upgrade machining skills to industry standards and encourage the development of supplemental skills in computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), metrology,  and problem-solving to better address the current needs and expectations of industry. Includes project models that closely approximate industry-representative applications with an emphasis on best practices, efficiency, and an understanding of the way machined parts relate to other related components in the manufacturing environment.

    Required Courses 
     

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
    MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
    MFG 260CNC Operation3
    Total Units9

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

  • CAD Technician

    Technology and Health 
    E0426
    Skills Certificate 

    Provides students with the most current two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) computer aided design (CAD) skills required in the manufacturing, design, and engineering disciplines. These skills also provide a platform for students to learn, understand, and build other related skills such as drafting, mechanical design, part inspection and computer-aided machining (CAM) software, which requires input from a CAD system, and is required to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
    MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
    MFG 210Advanced CAD3
    Total Units11

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Stephen JamesTitle: Department ChairContact: sjames@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10am-12pm and by appointmentLocation: Building 28A-BPhone: (909) 274-5214