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Manufacturing/Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control Operator


Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 150613C
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

This Career Pathways two-term certificate integrates conventional manufacturing techniques with computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing skills. This training is the entry point in the Manufacturing Career Pathway leading to the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician program and to a valuable career in the manufacturing engineering technology field. In addition to technical training, students receive a solid foundation in mathematics and computer skills. Graduates typically enter the workforce as computer numerical control (CNC) operators. With additional on-the-job experience and continued education, students can transition into CNC programming and quality control inspection.

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Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. Students must also complete any prerequisites. As part of their training program, students must begin with courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department chair's recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over four years old must be reviewed and approved by the department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Official transcripts must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office and the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor and review the roadmap below and at

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR30 Fundamentals of Composition II or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title

First Term

MET101 Mechanical Drafting 3
MET105 Blueprint Reading - Mechanical 3
MFG116 Metrology 2
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4

Second Term

MET121 Computer Aided Drafting I: Mechanical (SolidWorks) 3
MFG122 Manufacturing Processes II 4
MFG140 CNC Controls 2
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level composition 3-4

For more information contact the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7902
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7902
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711