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.
Earn your CNC Machine Operator Certificate in the evening. Classes run Monday through Thursday from 3:30-8:50pm. Program starts in the Spring Semester.
Once you have earned your certificate, you can continue your studies to earn an associate's degree and bachelor's degree.
Financial assistance is available for qualifying students in the CNC Machine Operator program in the evening.
The Hy-Pro Program is a school to work program. Through a forgivable loan, Hy-Pro pays 100% of Hawkeye’s tuition and fees after the completion of each semester. Students in the program will earn their certificate and continue their studies to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology. Upon earning their AAS degree, participants agree to work two years at Hy-Pro to repay the forgivable loan in full.
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.
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.
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