CNC and Advanced Machining

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Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

A CNC and Advanced Machining degree from SCTCC prepares students to shape metal and other hard materials with exactness. Students will gain skills to read blueprints and written instructions to convert various materials in intricate, precise, usable parts.

By using machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinder, drill-presses, computer, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, graduates will be ready for the expanding workforce as a machine operator, machinist, or tool and die or mold-maker apprentice.

Skills Acquired

  • Demonstrates problem-solving ability 
  •  Attends tool shows and metalworking exhibitions when possible 
  •  Reads trade journals and magazines for professional growth 
  • Read blueprints and written instructions 
  • Select proper machinery, materials, and tools 
  • Gain proficiency with machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinders, drill-presses, computers, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machines 
  • Setup and milling operations on Bridgeports 
  • Setup and turning operations on Lathes 
  • G & M code programming for CNC machines 
  • CAM designing and programming software 
  • CNC setup and operation 
  • Multi-axis CNC Machining and Turning center programming/setup and operation 
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  •  Machinist:  Manual and CNC 
  • Toolmaker 
  • Moldmaker 
  • CNC Operator 
  • CNC Setup 
  • CNC programming 
  • Quality inspector 


 The general education courses are a part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  

 Bemidji State University – 2 + 2 articulation 

 Minnesota State University Moorhead – 2 + 2 articulation 

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360º Virtual Tour

Length: 2:04

Info Sessions

4:00 PM


Contact Us

Anthony Wolbersen, Machine Tool Technology Instructor
Phone: (320) 308-6597
Fax: (320) 308-5985


Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to spend $4520-4820 on books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarship

Apply just once and students are considered for all eligible scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel and provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

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