CNC Student

CNC Setup Technician

23-credit Technical Diploma

Those working as CNC setup technicians play a key role in the manufacture of parts. They operate machines that produce precision parts used in numerous products for all types of industries. Their duties generally include the setup, programming and operation of CNC machines. In the technical diploma program, develop an understanding of blueprint reading and learn how to produce parts to accepted tolerances from drawings.  Learn basic skills needed to program, set up and operate a computer numerical control turning center (CNC) to prepare for entry-level CNC technician jobs.

  • Prepare for jobs such as CNC setup technician, CNC programmer and CNC operator.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • As a complement to the program, several short-term manufacturing certificates are available within the School of Applied Technologies.
  • For those interested in continuing their education at WCTC, courses within the CNC Setup 19-credit technical diploma can be applied to the 35-credit Machine Tool Operation technical diploma.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $31,044

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Program Code 30-420-4

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-320 Machine Tool Operation 14  
 420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I2+ 
 420-386 CNC Machining Center2  
 420-316 CNC Machining Center Operation2 *
 420-126 Machine Tool Theory1 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-321 Machine Tool Operation 24  
 420-387 CNC Turning Center2  
 420-128 Fixturing for Machining1 *
 420-317 CNC Turning Center Operation2 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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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.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. 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.