Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

This course will prepare students with the introductory skills to operate a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine. Students will learn to set up, program, and operate CNC machinery. Instruction includes an overview of the machining process, metrology, inspection, and blueprint reading.

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ET299: Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

What is CNC Machining?

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine is used to turn raw materials into final products like tools, parts, circuits, decorative elements, and more. CNC machines are controlled via programming languages to perform a wide variety of tasks with great accuracy, replacing old-school manual manufacturing machines.

Why Learn CNC?

Sac City College’s Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) course will give you a broad overview of the CNC process, enabling you to take products from the conceptual stage all the way through to the final design. Using metal, wood, plastic and a number of other raw materials, you will be able to construct almost anything from scratch by programming a computer and having a basic understanding of geometric design.

  • photo of fabrication tools and computer

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CNC Machine Operator Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Molding, cutting, or expanding material into shapes according to exacting standards of work orders.
  • Fabrication and production of parts, products, and tools according to exacting standards.
  • Adapts and improvises simple to complex tooling and fixtures to complete machining assignments.
  • Work with materials consisting of castings, forgings, tubing, plastic, steel, stainless steel, titanium, brass aluminum and copper.
  • Inspect and document features of the machined part (while in process and final inspection) with use of personal and shop inspection equipment.

What can you Make with a CNC Machine?

Pretty much Anything.

Are There Jobs in CNC Machining? YES
Who is Hiring CNC Machine Operators?

Kevin McGrew, director of quality management with Siemens’ Mobility division in South Sacramento employs more than 1,200 people who build locomotives, rail cars and light rail trains. His shop is constantly looking for employees, he said. “Business is good in manufacturing in Sacramento. We need employees…We realized we need to develop the next crop of employees.”

We need to get the word out in the community that manufacturing jobs are a viable career option. Many young people don’t even consider it because they are unaware of manufacturing, McGrew said. “Millennials in many cases have never had anyone in their household who worked in manufacturing.”

The average salary for a CNC Machine Operator is $39,972$44,969 per year in Sacramento, CA. Salaries estimates from Payscale and Glassdoor.

  • Tri Tool Inc.– Sacramento, California
  • Carlisle Construction Materials– Dixon, CA
  • Kratos Defense– Sacramento, CA
  • DMG MORI Manufacturing– Davis, California
  • LINQM, Inc.– Rocklin,
  • California Precision Manufacturing Company– Rancho Cordova, California

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Learn More About CNC Machining

SVMI is organized by and for Sacramento’s manufacturers. As the region’s manufacturers, we are committed to working with educators and industry partners to proactively develop vocational, educational and workforce initiatives and programs leading to fulfilling manufacturing career paths for our region’s students and workforce.

Titans of CNC: We’re leading a revolution in CNC education, restoring our great nation as the undisputed champion of manufacturing.