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CNC Programming

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Train for a high-tech, rewarding career with the Computerized Numeric Control Programming Certificate program at Delaware County Community College.

CNC Operator jobs are available in the Philadelphia region. And at the College, we have the resources and short-term training programs to prepare you for these jobs in advanced manufacturing facilities.


CNC Operators produce parts by setting up and operating machines that cut, shape and form metal and plastic materials. CNC workers typically:

 • Set up machines according to blueprints
 • Monitor machines for any malfunctions
 • Operate metal or plastic molding, casting or core making machines
 • Adjust machine settings for temperature and cycle times
 • Remove finished products and smooth rough edges and imperfections
 • Test and compare finished work pieces to specifications
 • Document production numbers in a computer database

Industry Certification

Our hands-on programs prepare you to sit for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification. A NIMS credential signifies that a person can perform the work of a CNC Machine Operator according to recognized national standards. Key skills covered include:

 • CNC mill, lathe and grinder set-up and operation
 • Tool identification, set-up, use and maintenance
 • Machining processes
 • Statistical process control
 • Quality and cycle time optimization CNC program operation and troubleshooting

Career Ladder

CNC Operator training is the first step on the career ladder toward becoming a CNC Programmer. According to CNC programming is an occupation expected to grow 19 percent by 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook.

This program has been partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Workforce Development Administration’s 2016 Workforce Innovation Fund grant.