CNC Manufacturing Technology

The Anoka Technical College CNC Manufacturing Technology program is designed and taught by industry professionals.  The program offers a degree and diploma option to meet our student's career goals. The program combines technical education with general education to provide graduates with the precise skills needed 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 CNC mills.

The CNC Manufacturing Technology associate of applied science (AAS) degree program is a 69-credit program. This degree provides the skills for trade entry plus the possibility to pursue a bachelor of arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

PDF  Program Guide

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.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 69
 Technical Education Requirements
54
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 MACH 1100 Machine Technology I
7
 MACH 1120 Machine Technology II
3
 MACH 1131 Blueprint Reading/CAD I
3
 MACH 1200 Machine Technology III
3
 MACH 1220 Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH 1231 Blueprint Design/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
3
 MACH 1250 CNC I
2
 MACH 1261 CNC Programming I
3
 MACH 2310 CNC II
3
 MACH 2320 CNC III
3
 MACH 2331 CAM I
1
 MACH 2340 CNC Programming II
2
 MACH 2351 Mold/Die Making Theory
3
 MACH 2360 Fixture and Tooling
4
 MACH 2450 CNC Design and Manufacture
5
 MACH 2460 Multi-Axis Programming 1
 MACH 2471 Multi-Axis Machining 3
 TOTAL    52
     
 Technical Electives       
 Two (2) credits of electives are required from the following list:
 MACH 2410 Tool and Cutter Grinding  1  
 MACH 2420 EDM Machining 2
 MACH 2430 CAM II 2
 MACH 2440 CNC Programming III 1
 TOTAL   2
     
 General Education/MnTC Requirements    
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1105  Composition I        4
 MATH 1650  College Trigonometry        3
General Education/MnTC Electives        8
TOTAL  15
   
The eight (8) remaining credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas. Follow this link on the Anoka Technical College Web site for the list of MnTC goal areas.
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 MACH 1100  Machine Technology I 7
 MACH 1120  Machine Technology II
3
 MACH 1131  Blueprint Reading/CAD I
3
 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
 General Education/MnTC Electives   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
 General Education/MnTC Electives 2
 TOTAL
18
 
 Spring Semester
 MACH 2450  CNC Design and Manufacture
5
 MACH 2460  Multi-Axis Programming
1
 MACH 2471  Multi-Axis Machining
3
 Technical Elective
2
 ENGL 1105  Composition I 4
 General Education/MnTC Elective  3
 TOTAL
18
   

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.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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.  

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

The CNC Manufacturing Technology diploma program is a 63-credit program. Graduates learn the necessary skills for trade entry.  Credits earned in the diploma program have transfer-ability to the AAS program.

PDF  Program Guide

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.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 63
 Technical
63
 MACH1100 Machine Technology I
7
 MACH1120 Machine Technology II
3
 MACH1131 Blueprint Reading/CAD I
1
 MACH1170     Math for Machinist I       3
 MACH1200 Machine Technology III
3
 MACH1220 Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH1231 Blueprint Reading/CAD II
1
 MACH1240 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
3
 MACH1250 CNC I
2
 MACH1261 CNC Programming I
3
 MACH1270 Math for Machinist II       2
 MACH2310 CNC II
3
 MACH2320 CNC III
3
 MACH2331 CAM I
1
 MACH2340 CNC Programming II
2
 MACH2351 Mold/Die Making Theory
3
 MACH2360 Fixture and Tooling
4
 MACH2410 Tool and Cutter Grinding
1
 MACH2420 EDM Machining
2
 MACH2430 CAM  II
2
 MACH2440 CNC Programming   III
1
 MACH2450 CNC Design and Manufacture
5
 MACH2460 Multi-Axis Programming       1
 MACH2470 Mulit-Axis Machining       3
 
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 First Semester
 MACH1100  Machine Technology I 7
 MACH1120  Machine Technology II
3
 MACH1131  Blueprint Reading/CAD I
3
 MACH1170  Math for Machinist I
3
   
 TOTAL
16
 
 Second Semester
 MACH1200  Machine Technology III
3
 MACH1220  Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH1231  Blueprint Reading/CAD II
1
 MACH1240  GD & T
3
 MACH1250  CNC I         2
 MACH1261  CNC Programming I         3
 MACH1270  Math for Machine II         2
   
 TOTAL
16
 SECOND YEAR
 Third Semester
 MACH2310  CNC II
3
 MACH2320  CNC III
3
 MACH2331  CAM I
1
 MACH2340  CNC Programming II
2
 MACH2351  Mold/Diemaking Theory       3
 MACH2360  Fixture and Tooling       4
     
 TOTAL
16
 
 Fourth Semester
Minus two credits for EDM course
   
 MACH2410  Tool and Cutter Grinding         1
 MACH2420  EDM Machining         2
 MACH2430  CAM II         1
 MACH2440  CNC Programming III
   1
 MACH2450  CNC Design and Manufacturing         5
 MACH2460  Multi-Axis Programming
   1
 MACH2470  Multi-Axis Machining
   1
     
 TOTAL
16
   

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.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools.

Those employed 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 as well as invoke lean manufacturing process and practices.

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.  

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Awards

Degree
Diploma

Contact


Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043
“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.”