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Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate

Manufacturing equipment cutting a metal gear



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.


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 1200300 CNC Machine Controls, Fundamentals 48
MCHNC 1203100 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 64
MCHNC 1203400 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 64
Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate Total 176

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Career Options

Median Wage: $33,8001

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: $5,283

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.