Discover what it takes for a career in manufacturing as it relates to machining and Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) manufacturing. Learn basic skills of machine tool operation (MTO), fundamentals of CNC, as well as related industrial math and blueprint reading skills.
Credits from this short-term certificate program may be applied toward the General Manufacturing AAS degree, the Machine Tool Operation technical diploma or the Tool and Die technical Diploma.
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|420-320||Machine Tool Operation I||4|
|420-326||Machine Tool Theory I||1|
|420-330||Industrial Blueprint Reading I||2|
|420-316||CNC Machining Center Operation||2||*|
|420-317||CNC Turning Center Operation||2||*|
Total Semester Credits
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
420-320 Machine Tool Operation I
Learn entry-level skills on basic machine tools, including lathes, drill presses, grinders, and milling machines. Produce parts from engineering drawings, and make measurements using inspection tools such as micrometers, height gages, verniers, thread gages, and the optical comparator. Develop the machine operating skills needed to produce parts to the tolerances commonly found in industrial situations.
420-326 Machine Tool Theory I
Become familiar with basic theory related to machine tools including lathes, drill presses, grinders and milling machines. Learn the theory of using measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, verniers, thread gages, and the optical comparator.
420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I
Learn universally applicable techniques for interpreting all mechanical and industrial drawings through the study of drawing standards, abbreviations, basic rules for dimensioning, and various types of sectional views. Become familiar with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
420-316 CNC Machining Center Operation
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of CNC. Students will develop the skills necessary to set up and operate a CNC vertical machining center. Topics that will be covered include: introduction to CNC, G and M codes, basic programming format, speeds and feeds, tool offsets, and the basic features of CNC control panels. Blueprint interpretation and math skills will be used to correctly select tooling, and determine workholding method.
Approved Substitutes: 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab; or 420-366 CNC Machining Center Operation
804-107 College Mathematics
Review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data.
Approved Substitutes: 804-304 Industrial Math I; and 804-305 Industrial Math II
420-317 CNC Turning Center Operation
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of CNC. Students will develop the skills necessary to set up and operate a CNC turning center. Topics that will be covered include: introduction to CNC, G and M codes, basic programming format, speeds and feeds, tool offsets, and the basic features of CNC control panels. Blueprint interpretation and math skills will be used to correctly select tooling, and determine workholding method.
Approved Substitutes: 420-367 CNC Turning Center Operation
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|420-320 Machine Tool Operation I||4|
|420-326 Machine Tool Theory I||1|
|420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I||2|
|804-304 Industrial Math I||2|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no college credit agreements for CNC Operator Level 1. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.