Certificate of Achievement, Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machining

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Computer Numeric Controlled Machining provides students with the skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position as a computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool operator. This certificate stresses the skill sets required to set up, program, and operate CNC mills and lathes in order to produce high quality, precision machined components required by today’s competitive and diverse manufacturing industries. The certificate incorporates the general education skills that are strongly requested by commercial and industrial employers. The TMCC CNC machining certificate of achievement curriculum aligns with the standards set forth by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and prepares students to earn a variety of NIMS credentials.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 2 3
DFT 110 Print Reading for Industry 3
MTT 230 Computer Numerical Control I 4
MTT 292 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I 4
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications 1 3
Elective 2 5
MPT 140 Quality Control 3
MTT 232 Computer Numerical Control II 4
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements. 

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Technical Communications I
Human Relations[3]
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: MPT 140, MTT 230, MTT 232, OSH 222.
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: DFT 110, MPT 140, MTT 230, MTT 232.
Certificate Requirements
DFT 110Print Reading for Industry3
MPT 140Quality Control3
MTT 230Computer Numerical Control I4
MTT 232Computer Numerical Control II4
MTT 292Computer-Aided Manufacturing I4
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Elective Requirements
Select at least 8 units from the following:8
Work Experience
Introduction to Machine Shop
Inspection Techniques
Metallurgy I
Computer Numerical Control III
CNC Practice
Computer-Aided Manufacturing II
Any other MTT course not listed above or WELD course
Total Units30

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Read and interpret technical prints for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces.
  • Produce precision machined work pieces within print specifications on computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.