CNC Manufacturing Technology

The Anoka Technical College CNC Design & 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 includes technical and general education components to provide the skills for trade entry plus the possiblity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

The CNC 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 an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a 'C' or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 69
 Technical Education Requirements
54
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 MACH 1100 Machine Technology I
7
 MACH 1121 Machine Technology II
2
 MACH 1132 Blueprint Reading
3
 MACH 1140
CAD I
1
 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 2461 Multi-Axis Programming 1
 MACH 2471 Multi-Axis Machining 3
 
 Technical Electives   2   
 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
     
 General Education/MnTC Requirements     15
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 MATH 1650  College Trigonometry 3
General Education/MnTC Electives 12
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 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
 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 2461  Multi-Axis Programming
1
 MACH 2471  Multi-Axis Machining
3
 Technical Elective
2
 General Education/MnTC Elective  7
 TOTAL
18

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), 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, please 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

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers

763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

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 career major 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 an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 63
 Technical
63
 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   
 MACH 1200 Machine Technology III
3
 MACH 1220 Machine Technology IV
2
 MACH 1231 Blueprint Reading/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
3
 MACH 1250 CNC I
2
 MACH 1261 CNC Programming I
3
 MACH 1271 Math for Machinist II 2
 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 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 Manufacture
5
 MACH 2461 Multi-Axis Programming 1
 MACH 2471 Mulit-Axis Machining 3
 
 

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 in Applied Science (AAS), 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


see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please 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

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers
763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

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.”