CNC Manufacturing Technology

The Anoka Technical College CNC Design & Manufacturing Technology program is designed and taught by industry professionals. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and the diploma programs are designed to meet our student's career goals. The programs combine technical education with general education to provide graduates with the precise skills necessary for success in manufacturing. 

Our students learn how to:
  • write and edit CNC programs
  • perform complex setups
  • basic troubleshooting of machine problems
  • cycle time reduction practices
  • fixture design and building
  • recognize areas for process improvements

They are trained to safely operate:

  • Manual lathes

  • Drills Mills

  • Grinders

  • CNC mills

  • CNC lathes

  • CNC wire

  • EDM

  • CNC sinker

  • EDM Coordinate measuring machine

  • CAD/CAM 4 & 5 axis

The CNC Design & Manufacturing Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 69-credit program that includes technical and general education components to provide the skills for trade entry plus the possibility to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

The CNC Design and Manufacturing Technology degree program prepares people to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, recognize areas of process improvements and operate the following equipment: manual lathes, grills mills, grinders, CNC programming, CNC mills, CNC lathes, coordinate measuring machine, CAD/CAM and 4&5 axis CNC mills.

Graduates are also skilled in the areas of basic troubleshooting of basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, blueprint reading GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required. Graduates may also be skilled in the areas of tool and cutter, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM and CNC parametric programming depending on elective taken.

Course Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in shop math and algebra, mechanical drafting machine shop and mechanical skills can be helpful.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completing basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a 'C' or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes. 

  1. The student will demonstrate machine skills and practices consistent with the manufacturing industry.
  2. Exhibit safety principles and practices in a manufacturing environment.
  3. Communicate effective use of machine shop theory and process terminology.
  4. Work efficiently as a member in a machine shop environment to manage time and meet project deadlines.
  5. Work effectively as a member of a team while accepting constructive criticism.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 MACH 1101  Milling
4
 MACH 1106
 Lathe
3
 MACH 1121  Metrology
2
 MACH 1132  Blueprint Reading
3
 MACH 1140
 CAD I
1
 MATH 1650  College Trigonometry
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Spring Semester
 MACH 1200  Advanced Machining
3
 MACH 1220  Grinding
2
 MACH 1231  Blueprint Design/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MACH 1251  CNC Machining
3
 MACH 1261  CNC Programming I 3
 MACH 1275
 Quality Standard
1
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
3
 TOTAL
19
 
 SECOND YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 MACH 2310  CNC Milling
3
 MACH 2320  CNC Turning
3
 MACH 2331  CAM
1
 MACH 2340  CNC Programming II
2
 MACH 2351  Mold/Die Making Theory 3
 MACH 2360  Fixture and Tooling 4
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
2
 TOTAL
18
 
 Spring Semester
 MACH 2451  CNC Design and Manufacture
3
 MACH 2462  Multi-Axis Milling
3
 MACH 2472  Multi-Axis Turning
3
 Gen Ed/MnTC
 See list below.
7
 TOTAL
16
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
15
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required from three different goal areas. Student is required to take:
 MATH 1650
 College Trigonmetry
3
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 General Education/MnTC courses
 Remaining eight (8) must be from other MnTC  goal areas
8

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools. Training and experience enable the machinist to plan and carry through all the operations needed to turn out a finished machine product and to switch readily from one kind of product to another. The machinist’s background and knowledge enables him/her to turn a block of metal into an intricate, precise part.

All options are an art as well as a skill, and are considered to be demanding occupations. There is a great variety in the construction of dies and molds, depending on the design of a part, the type of materials used, the ingenuity of the designer, and the knowledge and skill of the die and mold maker, who must machine intricate components of various tooling to tolerances expressed in fractions of one-thousandths of an inch.

Employees in this position are expected to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design  and building and recognize areas for process improvements on manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine, and CAD/CAM. Employees are also expected to invoke lean manufacturing process and practices.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers

763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Advanced CNC Machine Technology diploma is a 64-credit program that includes technical education components.The program prepares students to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, recognize areas for process improvements and operate the following equipment: manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine, CAD/CAM and 4&5 axis CNC mills.

Program graduates are skilled in the areas of CNC programming, parametric programming, basic troubleshooting of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building, blueprint reading, GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required.

Those employed in this position are expected to write and edit CNC programs, perform complex setups, basic troubleshoot of machine problems, cycle time reduction practices, fixture design and building and recognize areas for process improvements on manual lathes, drills, mills, grinders, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC wire EDM and CNC sinker EDM, coordinate measuring machine and CAD/CAM. Employees are also expected to invoke lean manufacturing process and practices.

The CNC Manufacturing Technology program provides the skills for trade entry plus the possibility to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with cooperating colleges and universities.

Course Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in shop math and algebra, mechanical drafting, machine shop and mechanical skills can be helpful.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes. 

  1. Write and edit CNC programs
  2. Perform complex setups
  3. Basic troubleshooting of machine problems
  4. Cycle time reduction practices
  5. Fixture design and building
  6. Recognize areas for process improvements

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 First Semester
 MACH 1101  Milling
4
 MACH 1106
 Lathe
3
 MACH 1121  Metrology
2
 MACH 1132  Blueprint Reading
3
 MACH 1140
 CAD I
1
 MACH 1171  Math for Machinist I
3
 OR
   
 MATH
 College Trigonometry
 
 TOTAL
16
 
 Second Semester
 MACH 1200  Advanced Machining
3
 MACH 1220  Grinding
2
 MACH 1231  Blueprint Reading/CAD II
1
 MACH 1240  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
3
 MACH 1251  CNC Machining
3
 MACH 1261  CNC Programming I 3
 MACH 1275 Quality Standard
1
 TOTAL
16

 SECOND YEAR
 
 Third Semester
 MACH 2310  CNC Milling
3
 MACH 2320  CNC Turning
3
 MACH 2331  CAM
1
 MACH 2340  CNC Programming II
2
 MACH 2351  Mold/Die Making Theory 3
 MACH 2360  Fixture and Tooling 4
 TOTAL
16
 
 Fourth Semester
 MACH 2411  Tool and Cutter Grinding 2
 MACH 2420  EDM Machining 2
 MACH 2435 Swiss Machining
2
 MACH 2440  CNC Programming III
1
 MACH 2451  CNC Design and Manufacturing 3
 MACH 2462  Multi-Axis Milling
3
 MACH 2471  Multi-AxisTurning
 3 
 TOTAL
16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools. Training and experience enable the machinist to plan and carry through all the operations needed to turn out a finished machine product and to switch readily from one kind of product to another. The machinist’s background and knowledge enables him/her to turn a block of metal into an intricate, precise part.

All options are an art as well as a skill, and are considered to be demanding occupations. There is a great variety in the construction of dies and molds, depending on the design of a part, the type of materials used, the ingenuity of the designer and the knowledge and skill of the die and mold maker, who must machine intricate components of various tooling to tolerances expressed in fractions of one-thousandths of an inch.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Jesse Oldenburg
763-576-4065

Matt Rogers
763-576-4088

Brendon Paulson
763-576-4243

Jerry Showalter
763-576-4043

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“The machinist program here is excellent. I have learned everything from running manual equipment to programming multi-axis CNC machines. I like the hands-on program, and how it prepares you to become a great employee, a problem-solver and a trouble shooter.”