CNC Technologies Diploma

Why Choose CNC Technologies Diploma at CLC?

95-100% placement

New advanced CNC and EDM machines that are the same as used in the industry

Articulation to BSU

High demand, high wage employment

Remodeled and updated classroom and lab

Industry experienced instructors

Multiple pathways for specialization

About the Program

The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College uses a curriculum of technical industrial standards set forth by a strong industrial advisory board made up of industry leaders in multiple manufacturing career areas. It prepares students in the areas of geometric tolerancing, advanced CAD/CAM, and advanced CNC milling, turning, and electrical discharge machine (EDM) operations.

Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience with lathes and mills, computer-aided-drafting and design software, precision machinery, computerized equipment and training using wire and sink EDMs. The demand for highly skilled machinists grows with the increased use of technology in the industry and the need to replace retired workers.

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Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester – 1st Year
CMAE 1528 OR CMAE 1529 Career Success Skills (1 cr)
MATH 1500 Applied Mathematics (3 cr)
MTTS 1110 Principles of Machine Operations I (2 cr)
MTTS 1120 Machine Operations I (3 cr)
MTTS 1121 Machine Operations II (3 cr)
MTTS 1130 Print Reading (2 cr)
RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2 cr)
Total – 16 credits

Spring Semester – 1st Year
MTTS 1111* Principles of Machine Operations II (2 cr)
MTTS 1122* Machine Operations III (3 cr)
MTTS 1124 Introduction to Engineering Graphics (2 cr)
MTTS 1131* Print Applications (2 cr)
MTTS 1134* CNC Operations (3 cr)
MTTS 1135 CNC Programming and Process Planning (2 cr)
MTTS 1140 CAD/CAM I (2 cr)
Total – 16 credits

Fall Semester – 2nd Year
MTTS 2110 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (1 cr)
MTTS 2112 Metallurgy (1 cr)
MTTS 2116* Introduction to EDM (2 cr)
MTTS 2118* Jigs and Fixtures (1 cr)
MTTS 2130* CNC Milling and Turning (4 cr)
MTTS 2134* CNC Operations Theory (2 cr)
MTTS 2140* CAD/CAM II (2 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total – 16 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Career Description: The machine shop technologist does precise creation and modification of metal parts. In this program, students learn how to use machines to make various parts for the repair, design, or manufacture of other products. Most jobs are in manufacturing settings and in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, and paper. Math, computer, and engineering skills are important in this field but machinists also use a creative side to solve problems and make new designs. Machinists work with their hands to create and fix tools and machines and work on parts that are cast, formed, shaped, or molded. They also work on parts that are heat-treated, cut, or twisted. In addition, students can work on parts that are pressed, fused, stamped, or worked.

Program Information: In our Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Technologies Diploma you will learn how to use hand tools, power machinery, and computerized equipment. In addition, you will learn how to use lathes and mills. Our one-year diploma curriculum includes the use computer-aided-drafting and design software. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Read and interpret a mechanical working drawing;
  • Perform precision measurement, layout, drilling, sawing, turning, milling, and precision grinding safely;
  • Perform shop calculations;
  • Program, setup, and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) turning center and machining center;
  • Anticipate, choose, and troubleshoot the proper tooling based on manufacturing requirements;
  • Manufacture assemblies to specification; and
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills in the machining industry.


Career Opportunities: The CLC Machine Tool Technologies program includes advanced courses in CNC and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). A CLC graduate is well prepared for related career opportunities. These opportunities include machinists, tool and die makers, mold makers, maintenance machinists, machine setup lead, machine operator, quality control analyst, machine tool sales person, industrial repairer, plastics injection, and many other related positions.

Career Titles: Employment opportunities include computer numerical control (CNC) machine operator, CNC programmer, numerical control drill press technician, lathe technician, automated cutting machine technician, machinist tool and die maker, precision instrument maker, and tool maker.


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Mike Fitcher

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000
Staples Machine Tool Lab
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Ronn Redemske

Machine Trades Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5117
Staples A115

Student Testimonials


I chose Central Lakes College because it was close to home and the Machine Tool Technology Program is known for their great instructors and educational opportunities. The Machine Trades field has a lot of jobs and career opportunities available and allows me to be creative and to work with my hands. After I graduated in 2013, I was hired by Diamond Tool & Engineering in Bertha, MN as a Wire EDM Operator and CNC Machinist. And after only a year, I am being training to be the EDM Department Lead. The degree I earned prepared me well for this position.


I chose the Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College because it was close to home and I am able to get the diploma done in one year. It is a concentrated program and a lot of work in a short time, but it is giving me the basic foundation in all aspects of machine technology so I can go into any shop and pick up their processes quickly. When I complete this training, I will gain a promotion, a wage increase and increased responsibilities with my current employer.

Employment Statistics

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