Machinist / CNC Technician

The Machine Tool/CNC program has been completely redesigned to better meet the industry needs. The new curriculum will kick off in mid-August 2020. If you are interested in learning more, please sign up

As a Machinist / Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician you will shape metal and various materials to precise dimensions by using machine tools. MT/CNC technicians plan and set up the correct sequence of machine operations in accordance with blueprints, layouts or other instructions to write both manual and computer-generated machine programs. The technician is required to use various hand tools, micrometers, gauges and other precision measuring instruments.

To be most effective in the manufacturing environment of today, you will need to be able to read blueprints, perform basic shop math, read measurement tools and communicate effectively with others using today's Machine Tool/CNC terminology.

Class Length

18 Weeks


Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

What skills do you need to have prior to beginning training?

The applicant should demonstrate reading and math skills and the desire to work in a manufacturing environment. The ability to work with others, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity are also required.

What will you learn while in training?

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Using the Machinist Handbook
  • Using Hand Tools
  • Bench Work
  • Layout
  • Manual Machine Tool Operations
  • Precision Measuring
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Conversational Machine Tool Operations
  • Computer Operations
  • Teamwork and Communication Skills

How much can you make?

Skilled entry-level starting wages currently average $12.00 to $15.00 per hour, depending upon the company and the competency and experience of the applicant.

Where does the new program take place?

Western Michigan University/GRCC Tooling Lab
200 Ionia Ave SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

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