Trade and Industry

CNC Machining Program

Information Session

Learn more on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Cedar Falls Center.

The CNC Machining Program prepares students for a high demand, entry-level position as a CNC machine operator or general machinist. CNC operators work in a variety of manufacturing environments and are trained to program, set-up, and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, inspect parts, perform production runs and set-up jobs.

Students will gain knowledge and hands-on skills in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Precision measurement and gauging
  • Turning and milling processes
  • Mill and lathe programming and operation

Career Placement & Wages

Demand for CNC machine operators is high with manufacturing businesses in the Cedar Valley.

In four months, individuals completing the non-credit certificate may earn $12-$17 per hour with wages increasing with skill and experience. Starting wages do not include overtime.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is for individuals who enjoy solving problems and can make decisions with information provided, have strong math, mechanical, and computer skills. Individuals should also be comfortable handling and moving objects and performing general physical activities such as standing, lifting, moving, and walking. The class does not have admission requirements or an entrance exam, but computer knowledge and skills are required.

Admission Requirements

Computer knowledge and skills are required. Individuals must take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test.

Completion Requirements

To earn a non-credit certificate of completion individuals must attend 80% of scheduled classes and receive a grade of 80% on all course materials.

Class Information

Date April 20-August 24, 2015
Time Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00-10:00pm
Location Hawkeye Cedar Falls Center
5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cost $2,199 - Financial assistance may be available through the GAP Tuition Assistance program for individuals who qualify. Call 319-296-4290 to learn more.

CNC Machining Training Schedule

Phase I
60 Hours
Phase II
60 Hours
Phase III
60 Hours
Basic shop floor math
Blueprint reading
Precision measurement and gauging
Feeds and speeds
Turning processes
Milling processes
Geometric figures
Computer and software nomenclature
Lathe programming
Mill programming
Program verification
Machine operation
Mill operation
Lathe operation


Call Business and Community Education at 319-296-4290 to register.

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Business & Community Education

Cedar Falls Center
5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
319-266-6772 (fax)
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Trade and Industry Coordinator

Jerry Orr
319-296-2329 ext.3010
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