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Campus: Boulder County Campus

CNC Machining Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. This program functions as cohorts starting all semesters of each academic year. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Program Director or Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two semester) Certificate in CNC Machining and enter the workforce. Students explore the skills and techniques in CNC lathe and mill programs, CAD/CAM, and metrology principles. This program trains students in computer numerical control (CNC) lathe operations and CNC milling operations. Students gain exposure to Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Machining (CAD/CAM) for 2-axis machining, 3-axis wireframe and surface modeling, lathe programming, and direct numerical control (DNC) systems. This certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers in CNC machining and manufacturing.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAC 201Intro to CNC Turning Operations


MAC 205Intro to CNC Milling Operations


MAC 202CNC Turning Operations II


MAC 206CNC Milling Operations II




Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MTE 130Metrology


Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 18

Important Program Notes:

Students in the Precision Machining Technology program enter as a cohort. All students must be full-time and register for all the program classes each semester. The classes in the first and second semesters are organized in 7.5 week blocks. The classes are scheduled sequentially with the competencies learned in each class building on the students' skills and preparing them for the next group of classes. Manual Machining must be completed before taking CNC Machining.