CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology


Core Courses

  • Machine Trade Printreading I
  • Introduction to CNC Programming I and II
  • CNC Fundamentals
  • Basic and Advanced Machine Theory
  • Machine Operations I and II
  • Geometric Dimensioning Tolerancing
  • CNC Programming Theory II
  • CNC Operations
  • Computer Aided Machining
  • Hydraulic Jigs and Fixtures
  • EDM Fundamentals
  • Basic Diemaking
  • CAD Die Design
  • Tool Steel Welding and Heat Treatment
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling
  • Die Revision and Repair
  • Moldmaking
  • CMM Inspection and SPC

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 80
Program Start: Fall

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Graduates find employment working in a variety of positions including:

  • Tool and die maker
  • CNC machinist
  • CNC machine operator
  • CNC set-up specialist

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Operators $31,700 $41,300 $46,100
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers $35,000 $50,400 $58,200
Machinists $31,500 $40,400 $44,900
Tool and Die Makers $39,500 $50,200 $55,600

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Many graduates in this field work overtime. Overtime wages are not included in the above average wages.

Gainful Employment Disclosures


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Accurate Gear and Machine, Inc. Waterloo, IA
Blackhawk Engineering, Inc. Cedar Falls, IA
Criterion Manufacturing Waterloo, IA
Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co. Independence, IA
GMT Corporation Waverly, IA
Hawkeye Tool and Die Jesup, IA
Iowa Laser Technology Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo, IA
Viking Pump, Inc. Cedar Falls, IA

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
16 Reading 58 Reading 69 Reading 239 Reading
13 English 42 Sentence Skills 20 Writing 229 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Natasha Ceasar Email Natasha Ceasar
Schedule an appointment with Natasha Ceaser
319-296-2329 ext.1062 Buchanan Hall 126
Program Advisor Brent Blythe Email Brent Blythe 319-296-2329 ext.1391 Buchanan Hall 153D
Program Advisor Chad Smith Email Chad Smith 319-296-2329 ext.1728 Buchanan Hall 153A
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email Dave Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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