CNC Machinist

The Anoka Technical College CNC Machinist diploma is a 50-credit program. This career major prepares people for entry level positions to operate and perform offset changes as well as basic setups on the following equipment:

  • Manual lathes
  • Drills
  • Mills
  • Grinders
  • CNC mills
  • CNC lathes
  • CNC wire EDM
  • CNC sinker EDM
  • Coordinate measuring machine
  • CAD/CAM. 
They would also be skilled in the areas of blueprint reading, GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection, and the correct sequence of operation required. Those employed in this position would be expected to operate and perform offset changes as will as basic setups 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.

Prerequisites

The 32-credit Machinist diploma program is a prerequisite for the CNC Machinist diploma program (see Credits). 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 score or completing basic math, basic english, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 50
 Technical
50
 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
 MACH1271 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
 MACH2420 EDM Machining
2
 

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
 MACH1271  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
 MACH2420  EDM Machining 2
 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

The CNC Machinist diploma has credit transferability to the CNC Manufacturing Technology diploma and AAS degree programs.

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. 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.

Machinists working in this field are expected to setup and operate manual lathes, drills, mills and grinders. They should be able to inspect and produce parts to the desired dimensions under proper supervision.  

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

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Award

Diploma

Contact

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“Anything that is built, a machinist has helped produce. Machinist jobs are not going away, they are simply changing. Our students are people who want to work with their hands and their minds. Our program at Anoka Technical College will turn these students into crafts people who respond to changes in industry demand and get the job done right.”