Academics

CNC Machine Operator

The CNC program provides the basic skills required for individuals seeking entry-level employment as a CNC (computer numerical control) machine operator in a manufacturing facility. Individuals will gain skills in blueprint reading, precision measurement, machining, and CNC machine operation. Individuals will learn to operate manual milling machines, lathes, and grinders and produce parts within tolerances specified on blueprints. Individuals will also learn basic CNC programming, data input, and CNC machine setup and operation.

Career Opportunities

Businesses that fabricate metal employ individuals to program and operate computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools. The machine operator verifies the machine is operating correctly, manages the tooling, edits the program, and handles the materials being machined. In central Illinois, a number of businesses employ CNC operators including manufacturing companies in the Caterpillar and John Deere supply chains. Others such as Excel Foundry also employ CNC operators to machine large components for the mining and aggregate sector.

Potential area employers include: Caterpillar, Morton Welding, Excel Foundry, Premier Fabrication, Multax, SMF, Parsons, and many more.

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Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 9

Program Requirements

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Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MACTR 110PRINT READING - MECHANICAL 3
MACTR 121MACHINE TOOL OPERATION I 3
NCTK 110INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS 1
NCTK 212CNC MACHINE OPERATION I 2

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1 MACTR 110; MACTR 121; NCTK 110; NCTK 212

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department

AIT Building

Room 209, (309) 694-5171 or (309) 694-5510

Illinois Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Pathway:
Production

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Maintenance, Installation and Repair, Production
ICC Pathway: Machine Tool Technology

Early College

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Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

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Certificate of Completion

CNC Machine Operator (9 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

NIMS

Employment Information

Machinists, CNC Machine Tool Programmer $15-20/hr

Certificate of Completion

Machinist(34 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

NIMS

Industry Credentials

Machinists, CNC Machine Tool Programmer$15-20/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Machine Tool Technology(63 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

NIMS

Industry Credentials

Machinist, Millwrights, Industrial Machinery Mechanics$22-33/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

Manufacturing Engineering programs are good options for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

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