Using numerical control, automatic operation is achieved by means of numerical instructions expressed in computerized code and prepared in advance. Shop conditions simulate those found in industry; students learn to read blueprints, determine sequence of operations, make their own set-ups, choose the correct machine for the job, and produce a quality product. Prior training and experience as a machinist are required for admission to the CNC program.
Courses are taught year round during the day, evening, and split-term to accommodate a wide range of schedules for full-time and part-time students.
The national average for annual earnings is $47,500 and the hourly earnings is $22.84. The top 10% annual earnings is $73,900 and the hourly earnings is $35.51.
Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Workers familiar with computer software applications and who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.