The CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program prepares you for a variety of CNC careers.
During your first year, you will gain basic machining knowledge and skills using manual and CNC machines, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) programming, lathes, mills, and electrical-discharge machines (EDMs). After completing your first year, you 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.
During your second year, gain hands-on experience in tool-making, die building, mold making, jig and fixture building, tool room machining, and basic design skills. You are also introduced to manual and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) inspection. You will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
CNC Lab: Use the latest equipment in the industry as you learn and perfect your skills on various type of CNC and production manufacturing machines.
Virtual CNC: Practice and gain confidence in your programming skills of CNC machines, mills, and lathes of the most widely used brands.
The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Applied Engineering and Technical Management has a variety of documented pathways between Hawkeye's CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology AAS degree program and a bachelor degree at UNI. Check out UNI's transfer guides for the following programs to learn more:
- Automation Engineering Technology
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology
- Technology Management
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.