CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

The CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program provides students with the entry-level skills to become a general machinist, a CNC operator or programmer, or a tool-maker. During the second year, students gain hand-on experience in tool-making, die building, mold making, jig and fixture building, tool room machining, and basic design skills. They are also introduced to manual and coordinate-measuring machine (CMM) inspection. Upon completion of the two-year program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

During the first year, students have the opportunity to complete various levels of this program to meet our rising local need. They gain experience with basic machining on manual and computer-numerical control (CNC) machines, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) programming, lathes, mills, and electrical-discharges machines (EDM). Students can earn a diploma in CNC Machining Technology, a certificate as a CNC Machine Operator, or a certificate as a CNC Machine Set-Up Specialist.

Evening Program

Earn your CNC Machine Operator Certificate in the evening. Once you have earned your certificate, you can continue your studies to earn an associate's degree and bachelor's degree.


Hawkeye has a partnership with many local area high schools and local businesses through EMC² (Exploring Manufacturing Careers Consortium) to facilitate a school-to-work program.

Transfer Information

Hawkeye Community College has a block articulation with the University of Northern Iowa to transfer general education and technical credits. For more information, contact a program advisor.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
Buchanan Hall 128
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Program Advisors

Keith Siers
Buchanan Hall 153E
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Jamie Dettmer
Buchanan Hall 128
319-296-2329 ext.1430
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Brent Blythe
Buchanan Hall 153A
319-296-2329 ext.1391
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Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
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