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CNC Operator Certificate

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The program will train graduates for entry level positions in the machine tool area as represented in the Manufacturing career cluster, Production pathway. Positions could include: Grinding, Lapping and Buffing Machine Operator, Milling Machine Setter, Set-Up Operator and Machine Operator. The program is being proposed to address the anticipated immediate need for trained workers for the Galesburg and area manufacturing industries in computer numerical control operations with skills in machine tooling and blueprint reading. The current employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate positive growth for the various machine tool operator’s positions in the state and our college district. Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator (51-4011) shows an annual growth of 1.87% for the state and 1.93% for the college district. These numbers are reflective through 2022 for the district and state.

CNC Operator Certificate Program Goals

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set-up, and operations of CNC machine tools

The content of this course requires the student to work in an environment that requires communication and critical thinking to ensure the safety of themselves as well as classmates and the instructor. An understanding and demonstration of the skills and knowledge to function within the environment of the manufacturing machine tool sector will be challenged as new concepts and exercises are introduced. The student will develop the ability to solve problems while thinking through various pathways.

Admission to the Program: Open

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission to the College and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

Department of Career & Technical Education

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details .

Certificate Requirements

First Year

Total Semester Hours: 17


Ian Milligan
Instructor, Manufacturing Technology

Ellen Burns
Dean of Career and Technical Education


The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at Carl Sandburg College is home to multiple industrial training programs including the Computer Numeric Control program. Instruction is delivered by individuals with industry-specific expertise and includes specialized coursework utilizing technical equipment. The CNC Program offers training in programming, setup, and operations while housing multiple lathes, mills, and CNC Machines as well as simulators to properly train students for a career in the machining industry.

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