Multi-Axis Machining

Machine Trades

The Anoka Technical College Multi-Axis Machining advanced certificate is a 9-credit program advanced certification that prepares students in the understanding of multi-axis programming and the art of machining. Graduates are skilled in the principles of multi-axis: 

  • Programming 
  • Machining
  • Cycle time reduction

Multi-axis machining provides manufacturers the ability to produce complex three-dimensional (3-D) shapes and five-sided machining in one setup, reducing handling and machines necessary to complete the job - all part of the lean manufacturing movement.  

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This is an advanced certificate that requires an evaluation exam through Admissions.

Also see Graduation Requirements.


Prequisite to Multi-Axis advanced certificate is an evaluation exam through Admissions.
 MACH2510  Multi-Axis CNC Programming
 MACH2520 Multi-Axis CNC Machining

Program Sequence

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Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

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

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 1/1000 of an inch.  



Jerry Showalter


Fall: August
Spring: January


Advanced Certificate


Jerry Showalter


  Program Guide