student working on a CNC machine.

CNC Programs

The CNC Operator certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the machine tool area. The program addresses the need for trained workers in computer numerical control operations with skills in machine tooling and blueprint reading. 

The CNC Programmer certificate program provides students with an overview of essential machine shop practices including machine safety, blueprint reading, and part inspection methods. CNC machine programming, set-up, and operation will also be covered in-depth. Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for entry-level employment in a machine shop setting. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the skills necessary to transform raw material into a finished part. Students will be able to apply the techniques learned in lectures within a machine shop setting. Overall, this program is intended to introduce students to many different aspects of a machine shop setting.

 

Admission Requirements

The CNC programs are an open enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

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.

 

Potential Careers

CNC Operator

CNC Programmer

Machinists

Sample course schedules for the CNC programs

Sample schedule for the CNC Operator certificate

Sample schedule for the CNC Programmer certificate 

Program format

The program's courses are face-to-face with hands-on lab experiences. 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE CNC PROGRAMS

CNC Operator certificate cost sheet

CNC Programmer certificate cost sheet

 

FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280

SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Lonnie Miller
Adjunct & GAVC Dual Credit Instructor

Julie Minor
CNC & Industrial Process Professions Adjunct Instruct

 

Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401