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Machining/CNC Technology

Program Description

The Machining/Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in the manufacturing industry. The program will focus on skills used in a modern machine shop. Machine shop math, blueprint reading, and conventional machine tool theory and lab are covered in the first year. The second year offers specialized training in quality control and CNC theory and procedures.

CNC machinists produce precision parts using computer-controlled lathes and milling centers. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools using their knowledge of the working properties of metals. They select the tools and materials, make basic computations and read precision measuring instruments to determine the dimension of the parts. They observe the machines during operations and make adjustments to the machine and computer controls to correct errors or improve performance.

CNC machinists may also develop the computer programs for the operations required. After determining the sequence of machine operations and other factors, machinists write the program in the language of the machine's controls. Machinists may work alone or with programmers to check new programs. As the computer software becomes more user-friendly, machinists are increasingly expected to perform these functions.

Program offered daily from 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Spokane Community College. Cooperative education opportunities are available.

Program Goals

At the completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Operate a variety of CNC machines.
  2. Set up tooling for CNC machining operations.
  3. Perform quality control functions to ensure part compliance with required specifications.
  4. Interpret blueprints.
  5. Possess knowledge of their role as an employee and factors that are critical to the company's success.

Career Opportunities

Most CNC machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods such as metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft parts, medical equipment, motor vehicles, or parts and components for manufactured products.

Potential positions include: CNC machine tool operator, machinist, CNC set-up, and CNC programmers.

For more information....For more information:
Program Contact:Eric Bouvier
Phone: (509) 533-7335 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7335

Counseling Contact:

Ric Villalobos, M.S., Counselor
Phone: (509) 533-7356 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7356
For EVENING CNC AEROSPACE, please contact Carol Weigand at
(509) 533-7344 or

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