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Manufacturing/Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control Operator

2020-21 Computer Numerical Control Operator (PDF)*

Career Pathways Certificate
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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for manufacturing programs are:

Set up, operate, and program manual lathes to print specifications.

Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.

Follow, develop, and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and procedures.

Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards to protect personnel and equipment.

Operate and program CNC mills and lathes to print specifications.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. 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.

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
MEC102 Mechanical Fabrication 3
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 3-15

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

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

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

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