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The Machine Tool/CNC program prepares you for a lucrative career in the field of advance manufacturing.  Take a virtual tour of the new state-of-the-art machine lab located in the Applied Technology Center. 

Not sure what Machine Tool/CNC really is all about? Check this out!

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.

 If you are interested in learning more, please sign up

Hear what our Machinist/CNC Programming Technician students say about the program.

Caylee VanDenToorn discovers a love of machining through GRCC Job Training

Jose Villanueva discovers CNC machine tooling and plans a new career

Armando Medina says CNC/Machining program has been 'an incredible gift'

Class Length

612 clock hours delivered in 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

Where does the new program take place?

GRCC Applied Technology Center
151 Fountain NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

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Jerrittia Roseburgh
The training I received at GRCC was my foot in the door!
Jerrittia Roseburgh - Machinist/CNC Technician