CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program provides students with the entry-level skills to become a general machinist, a computer-numerical control (CNC) operator or programmer, or a tool-maker.

During the first year, students have the opportunity to complete various levels of the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program to meet our rising local need. They gain experience with basic machining on manual and CNC machines, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) programming, lathes, mills, and electrical-discharge machines (EDMs). Once a student has completed the first year they can earn a  diploma in CNC Machining Technology, a certificate as a CNC Machine Operator, a certificate as a CNC Machine Set-Up Specialist, or continue to the second year to earn their AAS degree.

During the second year, students gain hands-on experience in tool-making, die building, mold making, jig and fixture building, tool room machining, and basic design skills. They are also introduced to manual and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) inspection. Upon completion of the two-year program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Evening Program

Earn your CNC Machine Operator Certificate in the evening. Once you have earned your certificate, you can continue your studies to earn an associate's degree and bachelor's degree.


Hawkeye has a partnership with many local area high schools and local businesses through EMC² (Exploring Manufacturing Careers Consortium) to facilitate a school-to-work program.

Transfer Information

Hawkeye’s Industrial and Engineering Technology department has a block articulation agreement with the University of Northern Iowa for general education and technical credits. For more information, contact a program advisor.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt
Buchanan Hall 128
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Student Success Specialist

Natasha Ceaser
Buchanan Hall 126
319-296-2329 ext.1062
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Program Advisors

Keith Siers
Buchanan Hall 153A
319-296-2329 ext.1117
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Jamie Dettmer
Buchanan Hall 128D
319-296-2329 ext.1430
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Brent Blythe
Buchanan Hall 153D
319-296-2329 ext.1391
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Bret Weber
Buchanan Hall 128C
319-296-2329 ext.1728
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Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
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