CNC Machinist Certificate Program
This certificate program is designed to prepare you for entry-level computer numerical control (CNC) machining positions within a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, defense, aerospace, construction, marine, and sports collectibles.
What is CNC Machining?
You may be asking yourself what a CNC machinist does.
Using sketches, blueprints, and computer files, CNC machinists program instructions into CNC machines, such as mills, routers, grinders, or lathes. In turn, those machines create, modify, and repair items, such as:
- Computer parts
- Marine, aerospace, and aviation parts
- Military equipment
- Screws for medical implants and devices
- Steel bolts
- Vehicle parts
CNC machining is a great career choice if you enjoy working with computers, are adept at problem-solving, and have a good eye for detail.
What Will I Learn?
We designed our CNC Machinist/Fabricator College Credit Certificate (CCC) program in conjunction with local manufacturers to ensure you learn the in-demand skills that employers value. This program will teach you:
- Safety and quality practices
- How to use computer-aided drafting and manufacturing (CAD and CAM) software
- The proper use of hand tools
- How to maintain and operate manual machining and CNC equipment
CNC MACHINIST COURSE CURRICULUM
The CNC Machinist College Credit Certificate (CCC) consists of four courses, which also count as technical electives for Eastern Florida's Engineering Technology A.S. degree. The 12-credit hour program takes multiple semesters to complete because the skills taught in the three hands-on machining courses build on each other, with successful completion of the pre-requisite course required before moving on in the sequence.
If you have earned either the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) or Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) certificate, talk to an advisor as you may be eligible to receive credit for ETDC 2364: SolidWorks Fundamentals — one of the courses required for the CNC Machinist certificate.
CNC Machinist Admissions Information
The CNC Machinist CCC is an open-access program with rolling admissions. You can submit your application online via Eastern Florida's standard enrollment process. Applicants to this program should be able to lift 50+ pounds and distinguish standard wire colors. Please contact the program advisor for help with any planning or enrollment questions.
In-state tuition for the CNC program is approximately $1,250 (plus lab fees), making it an affordable option for anyone looking to jump-start a new career and get a good return on their investment. While this 12-credit certificate program is not eligible for federal financial aid due to its short program length, students can use Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, Florida Prepaid, or the Nelnet Payment Plan toward the tuition and can also apply for Veterans Educational Benefits, and explore Titan Scholarships and outside scholarships.
Courses You'll Take
Ever wanted to fabricate a mechanical assembly or a set of components using a CNC lathe and machining center? You'll have the chance as you complete the four courses required for EFSC's CNC Machinist certificate program:
Learn how to read blueprints, use precision measuring tools, follow safety/quality practices, and operate basic metal fabrication equipment.
Study machining theory as you learn about sheet metal fabrication techniques, riveting tools, and the proper use of manual lathes and mills.
Study programming, linear/polar coordinate systems, and tool paths for both CNC lathes and vertical milling machines.
Why Train as a CNC Machinist at EFSC?
There are many great reasons to enroll in EFSC's CNC Machinist program:
- Gain access to our state-of-the-art, interactive CNC machining lab
- Work with highly trained, expert faculty members
- Hear from industry guest speakers
- Tour local facilities
- Graduate into an in-demand field with excellent job prospects
- Prepare to pursue your Engineering Technology A.S. at EFSC and/or apply the credits toward the technical concentration for an EFSC Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree if you are an Associate in Arts major moving on to a BAS program.
If you're interested in CNC machining, you may also be interested in other Eastern Florida State College programs related to the Engineering Technology and advanced manufacturing fields: