CNC Machining Technology

CNC Machining Technology

Explore Careers in Machining and Manufacturing

The two-year A.A.S. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining provides instruction in the manufacturing of precision parts and products. The traditional production machinist role has changed to the type of production machining that requires many set-ups for short runs to meet just-in-time delivery demands of customers.

CNC students study quality control methods known as statistical process control. Special quality control equipment, such as coordinate measuring machines, are taught in this program. An introduction to advanced automated production methods is also included.

Students can transfer credits from this program to UNI and work toward a B.A. in Technology Management.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the CNC Machining Technology program will be able to:

  • Perform basic job process planning and management.
  • Demonstrate competency in different areas of job execution, such as:
    • Layout and benchwork.
    • Turning and milling operations (CNC and Non-CNC drive).
    • Surface grinding operations (Non-CNC).
    • Drilling operations (CNC and Non-CNC Drive).
    • Unconventional machining process (laser, waterjet, EDM).
    • Metal forming processes (Punch Press and Press Brake).
  • Demonstrate competency in basic quality control and inspection.
  • Apply adjustment and improvement to manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrate industrial safety and environmental protection procedures as related to:
    • Machine operations and material handling.
    • Hazardous materials handling and storage.
  • Demonstrate career management and employment relation skills through the use of:
    • Career planning.
    • Teamwork and interpersonal relations.
    • Organizational structures and work relations.
    • Job application and interviewing.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program and specific admissions requirements, and get your questions answered by program faculty and staff.

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Students can transfer credits from this program to the University of Northern Iowa and work toward a B.A. in Technology Management.

Kirkwood’s Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining program provides instruction in the manufacturing of precision parts and products. The traditional production machinist role has evolved to the production machining that requires many configurations for short runs to meet just-in-time delivery demands of customers.

Program graduates will be able to program, edit, configure, and operate CNC lathes and mills. CNC students study quality control methods known as statistical process control. Special quality control equipment, such as coordinate measuring machines, are taught in this program. An introduction to advanced automated production methods is included.

Career opportunities include:

  • Machinist
  • Mold builder
  • Salesperson
  • Job shop technician
  • CNC programmer/operator
  • Quality control technician
  • Tool and die maker

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Sample classes in the CNC Machining Technology program include:

  • Machinist Mathematics
  • Machinist Trade Printreading
  • Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout (NIMS)
  • Measurement, Materials & Safety (NIMS)
  • Milling Machine Operations (NIMS)
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • CNC Mill Operator (NIMS)
  • CNC Lathe Operator (NIMS)
  • CNC Mill Program and Setup (NIMS)
  • CNC Lathe Program and Setup (NIMS)
  • CNC Punch Press Operations (NIMS)
  • Jig and Fixture Design
  • CNC Lathe Operations (NIMS)
  • CNC Milling Operations (NIMS)
  • AutoCAD for Applied Engineering

Short-term training options are available by earning a certificate. Certificate options for CNC Machining Technology include:

  • CNC Machining Technology Diploma, 1 year (3 terms including summer)

The Kirkwood CNC Machining Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students can earn a portable, industry-recognized NIMS credential while in the program.

Additionally, hands-on training is given with a wide variety of machines that range from mills and lathes to water and laser jets. The curriculum incorporates industry-standard equipment, which prepares students for rewarding, well-paying careers after graduation.

The program’s main goal is to develop the skills and knowledge base to prepare students to be successful for careers in the manufacturing sector.  This is accomplished by:

  • Providing the students with a modern lab environment and relevant curriculum that is annually reviewed.
  • Applying knowledge and skill in a real-life manufacturing setting.
  • Focusing on continuous improvement and problem solving.


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Industrial Technologies
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319-398-4983
indtech@kirkwood.edu