MAKE THE WORLD AS A CNC LATHE OPERATOR

CNC Lathe Production Technician

Program Description

The CNC Lathe Production Technician Career Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a CNC machine operator.

Computer numerical control (CNC) lathe technicians transform raw materials into finished products used in commercial, automotive, medical, and aerospace products. CNC lathe production technicians produce parts that range from simple bolts of steel to titanium bone screws for orthopedic implants.

CNC lathe technicians work from blueprints, or computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files. They set up and operate CNC machine tools and monitor the feed and speed of machines and measure, examine, and test completed products for defects.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 134
Time to complete 2.0 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

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Skills Competencies included in this Career Program











Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Employment of CNC machinists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022.

The median annual salary for CNC machinists is $40,910.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 51-4011.00

Hiring Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical equipment
  • Marine
  • Medical devices
  • Military