CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

The CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program provides students with the entry-level skills to become a general machinist, a CNC operator or programmer, or a tool-maker. During the second year, students gain hand-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.

During the first year, students have the opportunity to complete various levels of this program to meet our rising local need. They gain experience with basic machining on manual and computer-numerical control (CNC) machines, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) programming, lathes, mills, and electrical-discharges machines (EDM). Students can earn a diploma in CNC Machining Technology, a certificate as a CNC Machine Operator, or a certificate as a CNC Machine Set-Up Specialist.

Evening Program

Earn your CNC Machine Operator Certificate in the evening. Classes run Monday through Thursday from 3:30-8:50pm. Program starts January 12, 2015.

Once you have earned your certificate, you can continue your studies to earn an associate's degree and bachelor's degree.

Learn more about the field of CNC by attending an information meeting—Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Attend the CNC Information meeting on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:00pm at Hawkeye’s Cedar Falls Center on Nordic Drive in the industrial park.

You’ll learn about the field of CNC—operating a CNC machine, inspecting parts, production runs, and job set-ups. 

You’ll discover the job opportunities with starting wages of $12-17 per hour and the opportunities for overtime and pay increases. 

You’ll learn about upcoming CNC evening classes—for you to acquire the basics with job training or to become skilled in the trade and earn your college credentials

Additionally, financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals. 

The opportunity is now—learn about the most demanded skill in the cedar valley!


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 Community College has a block articulation with the University of Northern Iowa to transfer general education and technical credits. For more information, contact a program advisor.


Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
Buchanan Hall 103
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Program Advisors

Keith Siers
Buchanan Hall 120-D
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Jamie Dettmer
Buchanan Hall 124-C
319-296-2329 ext.1430
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Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
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