Extended Hours August 19 – 30, 2019

The following offices, located in Hawkeye Center, will have extended hours: Admissions, Business Office, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Testing*.

Monday–Thursday 7:30am–6:00pm
Friday 7:30am–4:30pm

* The Testing office will open at 8:00am Monday–Friday, August 19–23.

CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

Courses

Core Courses

  • Machine Trade Printreading I
  • Introduction to CNC Programming I and II
  • Basic and Advanced Machine Theory
  • Machine Operations I and II
  • CNC Fundamentals
  • 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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

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-Controlled Machine Tool Operators $30,400 $38,300 $42,300
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers $32,600 $46,100 $52,800
Machinists $28,300 $39,100 $44,500
Tool and Die Makers $37,900 $48,200 $53,300

Source: 2018 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

Employers

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

Business Location
Accurate Gear & 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
ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER Next Generation
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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist Natasha Ceasar Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1062 Buchanan Hall 126
Program Advisor Brent Blythe Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1391 Buchanan Hall 153D
Program Advisor Paul Kurt Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1398 Buchanan Hall 153E
Program Advisor Bret Weber Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1728 Buchanan Hall 128C
Administrative Assistant Cindi Clark Email me 319-296-4021 Black Hawk Hall 101
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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