CNC Machining, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machining program, prepares students for entry-level positions in CNC Machining or to pursue a baccalaureate degree. It is also an excellent program for people already working in the CNC Machining field without a degree, who seek advancement opportunities in their chosen career which require an associate degree.

The program prepares graduates for employment in the manufacturing field as a CNC operator. This program of study integrates an understanding of manufacturing processes, a knowledge of materials, a working knowledge of manufacturing mathematics, a competence in technical drawing and specifications, an understanding of computer-aided machining, and the hands-on machining skills needed for CNC machining.

Students completing an Associate in Science in CNC Machining, will earn 64 credits and have the opportunity to receive nationally-recognized credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) as a Certified Production Technician (CPT). Students will also have the opportunity to earn National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Enhance their skills and knowledge of computer numerical control (CNC) machining in manufacturing sectors through collaboration, presentation and continuous learning;
  2. Earn nationally-recognized, portable credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS);
  3. Promote and facilitate upward educational and career mobility by providing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively integrate themselves into any manufacturing organization;
  4. Practice critical thinking and creativity that empowers them to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals;
  5. Apply critical thinking skills, the scientific method and problem analysis in manufacturing;
  6. Integrate the fields of management, social sciences, and humanities into an academic tract that prepares students to utilize the skills learned in the classroom within diverse settings and with a variety of populations;
  7. Develop skills to participate meaningfully in the manufacturing operations for the long-term viability of a manufacturing business for the purpose of promoting the mission, vision and core values.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must maintain a GPA of 2.3 in the major.


Associate in CNC Machining

General Education Core Requirements 21 - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


CAP 110*Computer Applications


MATH 1XXMATH (MATH 130 or higher)


Science (BIO, CHEM, SCI)


Social Science (PSY or SOC)


Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Non-Major Core Requirements - 6 Credits

OPEN Electives


CNC Machining Major Core Requirements - 33 Credits

Freshman Year

BMM 101Key Principles of Manufacturing


BMM 110Technology in Advanced Manufacturing


OS 101Team Dynamics and Individual Skills


BMM 222Technical Drawings and Specifications


BMM 140Principles in Manufacturing Mathematics


BMM 175CNC Machining


Sophomore Year

BMM 220Materials and Processes in Manufacturing


BMM 275CNC Machining II




BMM 276CNC Machining Applications




Total Credit Hours: 60-61