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CNC Operator

Life in the Control Room

CNC Operator

Training Time: 3-12 months

Stage managers know all too well that “the show must go on” – no matter what happens. They’re the ones pulling the strings. The ones who are always two steps ahead. The quick-thinking, dependable, behind-the-scenes heroes who keep the production running until the curtain closes. Like a stage manager, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator takes control and runs the show. Trained to operate critical machines and routers, CNC operators use programming inputs to adjust and manipulate the mechanization of automated machines. If you have a natural inclination towards computers and machinery and a strong attention to detail, a career in CNC operation may be the right fit for you. Upstate SC technical colleges offer CNC machinist training programs to help you get started on your path to success.

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Computerized Numerical Control Machine Operator Certificate in Applied Science

This program teaches machine controls, setting tools and machine limits and capabilities.

Training time required: 12 months

CNC Machine Operator Level I

Learn basic CNC Machine operation principles, including but not limited to: blueprint reading, GD&T, shop math, English to metric conversions, Basic Programming Language, and Multi-coordinate CNC Axis and CNC Machine Operator.

Training time required: 4 months

CNC Machine Operator Level II

Learn basic CNC Machine operation principles, including but not limited to: blueprint reading, GD&T, shop math, English to metric conversions, Basic Programming Language, and Multi-coordinate CNC Axis and CNC Machine Operator.

Training time required: 4 months

Computerized Numerical Control Certificate

The CNC certificate is designed for people with a machinist background who desire to learn about the basic operations of CNC (computerized numerical controlled) machinery.

Training time required: 8 months

Machine Tool Technology Certificate

Machine tool technology students learn to set up and operate all standard machine tools. They acquire knowledge and skills in mathematics, blueprint reading, and precision measuring equipment.

Training time required: 12 months

Introduction to CNC Certificate

The Introduction to CNC Certificate program provides students with an overview of basic CNC mill and lathe operations, setup, and programming.

Training time required: 5-6 month

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