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Machine tool operators set up, program and operate computerized numeric control (CNC) automated machining units. They are responsible for monitoring the machining process, as well as verifying machined parts meet all criteria as defined in the design specifications.

The CNC Milling and / or CNC Turning Level 1 certifications that can be obtained from NIMS focus on programming Machining and Turning centers, review of tool paths and operation of the Machining and Turning Centers. This combination of courses contributes to a safe and productive environment for the trainee to develop the skills necessary for an apprentice position in the machining industry.


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at LSCCE@LoneStar.edu.

Program Plan

The Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate program plan requires the Machinist Certificate plus the following:

Courses Contact Hours
MCHNC 2200301 CNC Machine Controls, Fundamentals 48
MCHNC 2203403 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 64
MCHNC 2203102 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 64
Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate Total 176

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Career Options

Median Wage: $29,5521

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Production Machinist2
  • Machinist2
  • CNC Machinist2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $5,295

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.