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Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate

The Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate is a non-credit Fast Track program offered at LSC-Conroe Center and LSC-University Park. For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at LSCCE@LoneStar.edu.

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Program Description

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.

  • Contact Hours: 176
  • Cost of Program: $5,283
  • Median Wage: $33,800 per year1
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Program Plan

Subject Number Title Contact Hours
    Machining Pre-Apprentice -Plus-  
MCHNC 1200300 CNC Machine Controls, Fundamentals 48
MCHNC 1203100 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 64
MCHNC 1203400 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 64

TOTAL Contact Hours for Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Certificate:


  1. Median Wage information obtained from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor for 2009 (most recent data available).