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Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

With a certificate in computer numerical control (CNC), you will have the skills to operate computer-driven lathes, mills, lasers and other machines to shape materials to precise dimensions. Study blueprints. Build tools and jigs. Make the things we use every day.

Get a certificate of achievement or an advanced certificate in computer numerical control.

Earning Potential

There is a growing demand in the computer numerical control (CNC) field. Within the next 10 years, job growth is expected to increase about 3%.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $40,770 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Machinist
  • Tool Operator
  • Team Assembler
  • First-line Supervisor
  • Machine Setter/Operator
  • Student working in CNC lab.
    State-of-the-art technology 

    The number of machines and equipment in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lab is very impressive. Our lab has the equipment and technology to give you hours of hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to use computer driven lathes, mills, lasers and more.

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About Delta's Program

Delta College offers two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) certificates and related associate's degrees. Build on your skills by exploring and advancing your education with Delta's CNC Certificate of Achievement and the Advanced Certificate.

Program costs

Total credits: 45

Fee Cost
In-district tuition $5,688
Out-district tuition $8,938
Books and supplies $2,250
Off-campus room and board $6,183
Additional supplies $15

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Why you should choose Delta

Certicate of Achievement - Laddered program
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) - Certificate of Achievement
Program Code: CTZ.35866

Delta College also offers an entry-level Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Certificate of Achievement. It's called a 'laddered program' because the courses you take here count torward the next step up – the Advanced Certificate.

It's a great way to explore the career field or gain skills to accompany another technical trades and manufacturing degree.

Core Courses
Course Credits Course Title  
CNC 162 4 Computer Numerical Control Theory OR  
SKCN 162 (4)  Computer Numerical Control Theory  
DRF 121 Blueprint Reading OR  
SKDR 101 (3)  Blueprint Reading  
MS 113 2 Introduction to Machining Processes OR  
SKTR 113 (2)  Introduction to Machining Processes  
MS 181W Machine Tools I  OR  
SKTR 181W (4)  Machine Tools I  
  13 Subtotal    
Supporting Courses
Course Credits Course Title  
CAD 120 3 Introduction to CAM OR  
SKCA 120 (3)  Introduction to CAM  
MIT 118 Safety Practices and Procedures  
MTH 103 Applied Geometry and Trigonometry OR  
SKMA 103 (4)  Applied Geometry and Trigonometry OR  
MTH --- (4)  Any Approved Intermediate Algebra Course  
  5/7 Subtotal    

18/20 Total credits required


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
2 - It is highly recommended that students job shadow to get a full understanding of employment in this area. Please see the program coordinator for these opportunities.
3 - CNC 162 is a key course and must be completed with five years of completing certificate. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course. See graduation requirements page in catalog.

Credits earned for this certificate may be applied towards completions of a CNC Advanced Certificate; or the Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Associate Degree; or the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree.


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Facts & Figures


Our students get the latest technology so they can graduate and be ready to hit the ground running.


With over 900 faculty and staff members, Delta is the 4th largest employer in the area.



"After 25 years of teaching, I still get excited the night before class to meet all my students and get to know them and help them meet their goals. I’m sure they’re nervous, they can’t sleep the night before … as a faculty member, I feel the same way. "

Terry Morse, Computer Numerical Control Program Coordinator