CNC Machining Short-Term Training Program

The CNC Machining Program prepares students for a high-demand, entry-level position as a CNC machine operator or general machinist. CNC operators work in a variety of manufacturing environments and are trained to program, set-up, and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, inspect parts, perform production runs and set-up jobs.

Students will gain knowledge and hands-on skills in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Precision measurement and gauging
  • Turning and milling processes
  • Mill and lathe programming and operation

Career Opportunities

Demand for CNC machine operators is high with manufacturing businesses in the Cedar Valley.

Individuals completing the non-credit certificate may find employment as a CNC machinist. Wages increase with skill and experience. Wages do not include overtime.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Career Entry Average Experienced
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators $31,900 $40,200 $44,300
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators $35,600 $44,100 $48,300




Source: 2022 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is for individuals who enjoy solving problems and can make decisions with information provided, have strong math, mechanical, and computer skills. Individuals should also be comfortable handling and moving objects and performing general physical activities such as standing, lifting, moving, and walking.

Completion Requirements

To earn a non-credit certificate of completion individuals must attend 80% of scheduled classes and receive a grade of 80% on all course materials.

Class Information

Class meets: April 3 – August 30, 2023 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30–7:30pm. 
No class May 29, June 19, July 3, 5, 7.
Location: Cedar Falls Center
Cost: $2,859


Register online for CNC Machining or call 319-296-4290 to register.

CNC Machining Training Topics

  • Introduced to all aspects of CNC machining
  • Run CNC mill and lathe with instructor guidance
  • Complete course introduction, shop safety, print reading, measuring, shop math
  • Complete hands-on exercises using Immerse2Learn
  • Complete a different CNC set-up and program operation each week
  • Train using Haas simulators
  • Learn to indicate vises and set-ups during CNC runs
  • Continue to develop print reading skills
  • Become familiar with speeds and feeds
  • Write a program using CNC code
  • Edit programs and use CNC programming language weekly
  • Perform advanced Haas operations
  • Tour a machining facility
  • Finish the course by demonstrating a CNC set-up
  • 10-Hour OSHA

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Contact Information

Trade & Industry Coordinator

Jerry Orr
319-296-2329, ext.3010
Email Jerry Orr

Business & Community Education

Cedar Falls Center
319-266-6772 (fax)
Email Business and Community Education

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