CNC Manufacturing Technology

The Anoka Technical College CNC Design & Manufacturing Technology program is designed and taught by industry professionals. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and the diploma programs are designed to meet our student's career goals. The programs combine technical education with general education to provide graduates with the precise skills necessary for success in manufacturing. 

Our students learn how to:
  • write and edit CNC programs
  • perform complex setups
  • basic troubleshooting of machine problems
  • cycle time reduction practices
  • fixture design and building
  • recognize areas for process improvements

They are trained to safely operate:

  • Manual lathes

  • Drills Mills

  • Grinders

  • CNC mills

  • CNC lathes

  • CNC wire

  • EDM

  • CNC sinker

  • EDM Coordinate measuring machine

  • CAD/CAM 4 & 5 axis

The CNC Design & Manufacturing Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 69-credit program that includes technical and general education components to provide the skills for trade entry plus the possibility to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

The CNC Design and Manufacturing Technology degree program prepares people to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, recognize areas of process improvements and operate the following equipment: manual lathes, grills mills, grinders, CNC programming, CNC mills, CNC lathes, coordinate measuring machine, CAD/CAM and 4&5 axis CNC mills.

Graduates are also skilled in the areas of basic troubleshooting of basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, blueprint reading GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required. Graduates may also be skilled in the areas of tool and cutter, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM and CNC parametric programming, depending on elective taken.

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in shop math and algebra, mechanical drafting machine shop and mechanical skills can be helpful.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completing basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a 'C' or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 MACH 1100  Machine Technology I 7
 MACH 1121  Machine Technology II
2
 MACH 1132  Blueprint Reading
3
 MACH 1140
 CAD I
1
 MATH 1650  College Trigonometry
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Spring Semester
 MACH 1200  Machine Technology III
3
 MACH 1220  Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH 1231  Blueprint Design/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240  GD & T
3
 MACH 1250  CNC I 2
 MACH 1261  CNC Programming I 3
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
3
 TOTAL
17
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 MACH 2310  CNC II
3
 MACH 2320  CNC III
3
 MACH 2331  CAM I
1
 MACH 2340  CNC Programming II
2
 MACH 2351  Mold/Diemaking Theory 3
 MACH 2360  Fixture and Tooling 4
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
2
 TOTAL
18
 
 Spring Semester
 MACH 2450  CNC Design and Manufacture
5
 MACH 2461  Multi-Axis Programming
1
 MACH 2471  Multi-Axis Machining
3
 Technical Elective
 See list below.
2
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
7
 TOTAL
18
 
 Technical Electives
2
 MACH 2410
 Tool and Cutter Grinding
1
 MACH 2420
 EDM Machining
2
 MACH 2430
 CAM II
2
 MACH 2440
 CNC Programming III
1
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
15
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required from three different goal areas. Student is required to take:
 MATH 1650
 College Trigonmetry
3
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 General Education/MnTC courses
 Remaining eight (8) must be from other MnTC  goal areas
8

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools. Training and experience enable the machinist to plan and carry through all the operations needed to turn out a finished machine product and to switch readily from one kind of product to another. The machinist’s background and knowledge enables him/her to turn a block of metal into an intricate, precise part.

All options are an art as well as a skill, and are considered to be demanding occupations. There is a great variety in the construction of dies and molds, depending on the design of a part, the type of materials used, the ingenuity of the designer, and the knowledge and skill of the die and mold maker, who must machine intricate components of various tooling to tolerances expressed in fractions of one-thousandths of an inch.

Employees in this position are expected to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design  and building and recognize areas for process improvements on manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine, and CAD/CAM. Employees are also expected to invoke lean manufacturing process and practices.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers

763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Advanced CNC Manufacturing Technology diploma is a 63-credit program that includes technical education components.The prgogam prepares students to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, recognize areas for process improvements and operate the following equipment: manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine, CAD/CAM and 4&5 axis CNC mills.

Program graduates are skilled in the areas of CNC programming, parametric programming, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, blueprint reading, GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required.

Those employed in this position are expected to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshoot of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building and recognize areas for process improvements on manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine and CAD/CAM. Employees are also expected to invoke lean manufacturing process and practices.

The CNC Manufacturing Technology program provides the skills for trade entry plus the possibility to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in shop math and algebra, mechanical drafting, machine shop and mechanical skills can be helpful.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 First Semester
 MACH 1100  Machine Technology I 7
 MACH 1121  Machine Technology II
2
 MACH 1132  Blueprint Reading
3
 MACH 1140
 CAD I
1
 MACH 1170  Math for Machinist I
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Second Semester
 MACH 1200  Machine Technology III
3
 MACH 1220  Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH 1231  Blueprint Reading/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240  GD & T
3
 MACH 1250  CNC I 2
 MACH 1261  CNC Programming I 3
 MACH 1270  Math for Machine II 2
 TOTAL
16

 SECOND YEAR
 Third Semester
 MACH 2310  CNC II
3
 MACH 2320  CNC III
3
 MACH 2331  CAM I
1
 MACH 2340  CNC Programming II
2
 MACH 2351  Mold/Diemaking Theory 3
 MACH 2360  Fixture and Tooling 4
 TOTAL
16
 
 Fourth Semester
 MACH 2410  Tool and Cutter Grinding 1
 MACH 2420  EDM Machining  2
 MACH 2430  CAM II 2
 MACH 2440  CNC Programming III
1
 MACH 2450  CNC Design and Manufacturing 5
 MACH 2461  Multi-Axis Programming
1
 MACH 2471  Multi-Axis Machining

 TOTAL
15

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools. Training and experience enable the machinist to plan and carry through all the operations needed to turn out a finished machine product and to switch readily from one kind of product to another. The machinist’s background and knowledge enables him/her to turn a block of metal into an intricate, precise part.

All options are an art as well as a skill, and are considered to be demanding occupations. There is a great variety in the construction of dies and molds, depending on the design of a part, the type of materials used, the ingenuity of the designer and the knowledge and skill of the die and mold maker, who must machine intricate components of various tooling to tolerances expressed in fractions of one-thousandths of an inch.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers
763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“The machinist program here is excellent. I have learned everything from running manual equipment to programming multi-axis CNC machines. I like the hands-on program, and how it prepares you to become a great employee, a problem-solver and a trouble shooter.”