CNC Machine Operator


CNC Machine Operators are an important part of the manufacturing industry. These individuals interpret blueprints and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to produce parts and materials used in manufacturing.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

Graduates earn industry-recognized credentials (NIMS) on their way to obtaining a living wage in a local industry. In the greater Peoria region, the average salary for a CNC machine operator is $45,177 per year.

A Quality Education

The CNC Machine Operator program is a one-semester program that prepares students for employment after completion.

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Learn alongside students who have similar interests and career goals.

Career Opportunities

CNC Tool Operator, CNC Tool Programmer, Machinist, Rolling Machine Operator, Lathe and Turning Machine Setter, Millwright


6 Months

if Full Time

1 Semester12 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


8 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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In as little as four months, successful students will receive the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the tasks of an entry-level machine operator.

Tim Poelker, Assistant Professor, Agriculture & Industrial Technology
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How Do I Get Into the CNC Machine Operator Program?

Use your skills as a detail-oriented person in the precision career of a CNC Machine Operator. Learn skills that will make you employable. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. Computer, keyboarding, algebra and geometry are helpful classes to take in preparation for the program.
  5. Mechanical skills, along with physical strength and stamina, are beneficial for the program.

What Can I Expect As a CNC Machine Operator Student?

Additional Opportunities

Workforce Equity Initiative

This initiative focuses on developing our area’s workforce by providing participants with a credential and a living wage. It addresses high demand-careers and targets low-income individuals, those living in high crime and high poverty areas, unemployed individuals and minorities.

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How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
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Fri: 8 am – 2 pm