CNC Operator Certificate

This certificate is designed to give graduates the entry level skills needed to be a CNC operator, responsible for production runs.


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.

The following are the career and technical education learning objectives for the program:

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop. (GEO 2)
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings. (GEO 1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection. (GEO 2, 4, 5)
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation. (GEO 2, 4)
  • Perform programming, setup, and operations of CNC machine tools. (GEO 1, 2, 4, 5)

The following are the general education outcomes for the program:

  • Communication: Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
  • Information Technology: Demonstrate understanding and skills to function in a technological society.
  • Quantitative Skills: Demonstrate use of quantitative analytical skills and processes to interpret, evaluate, and solve problems.