CNC Service Technician

CNC Service Tech

We are glad to see you are interested in our Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

The Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Service Technician program is a 64-credit diploma that includes technical and general education components. This diploma provides the skills for working in the manufacturing sector or as a field service technician. Full-time students can obtain a diploma in two years. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

CNC Service Technicians play a vital role in maintaining and servicing industrial equipment. Technicians inspect, calibrate, maintain and repair equipment.

Designed by manufacturing industry leaders, the program provides a comprehensive, hands-on, career-oriented curriculum. Students will obtain a solid education in machine repair, industry fundamentals and electronic fundamentals.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and practice maintenance skills consistent with industry expectations.
  • Exhibit safety principles and practices in a manufacturing environment.
  • Develop critical and creative thinking processes required to effectively and efficiently diagnose and repair technical problems.
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to an individual company’s expectations.
  • Demonstrate efficient interpersonal skills with customers, machine operators, and co-workers.

Career Opportunities

Positions in this field may be either on-site or field service personnel involving highly technical repair and maintenance of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine and robotic automation equipment. Automation in manufacturing perpetuates an increased need for highly skilled technicians. Equipment serviced is encompassed by many sectors of manufacturing and may require background checks and proof of citizenship for entry into facilities including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as well as non-disclosure agreements and intellectual property protections. Field service may also involve varying amounts of travel to and from client sites. 

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester
Course Number
Course Tile Credits
ETEC 1102
Mechatronic 1DC 3
ETEC 1113
Mechatronic 2AC 3
ETEC 1141
Circuit Analysis
ETEC 1250
Digital 1 3
MAIN 1100
Pneumatic & Hydraulics

Spring Semester
ETEC 1170
Programmable Logic Controllers 2
ETEC 1202
Solid State Electronic Devices 5
MACH 1105
Basic Machining 3
MACH 1221
Grinding 2
MACH 1261
CNC Programming 1 3

Fall Semester
MACH 1251
CNC Machining 3
MAIN 2310
Peripheral Machine Systems 2
MAIN 2320
Electric Motors and Sensors 3
MAIN 2330
Power Transmission 4
MAIN 2340
Controls 3

Spring Semester
ENGL 2105
Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1&2)
MAIN 2400
Service/Machine Troubleshooting 5
MAIN 2410
Preventative Maintenance 2
MAIN 2420
Electrical Troubleshooting 3
MAIN 2430
Accuracies 3


Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

PDF Part-time Option

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.


Keith Barry

Enrollment Services