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About our CNC Machine
Operator Certificate

The Computer Numerical Controller (CNC) Machine Operator Certificate offers new or returning students a competency-based comprehensive CNC Machine Operator training program. Along with general education courses and program-specific technical courses, students will be able to apply a wide variety of industries and employment opportunities. Students will be exposed to basic manufacturing skills, precision machining and CNC machine operations. Students completing the CNC Operator Certificate are in high demand across several industries.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Identify and practice safe metal-cutting practices in the manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common manual machining practice processes required for employment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common technical drawing ASME standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of precision measurement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of programming, setup and operations of Proto Trac-controlled machines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Operating CNC Machining Centers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Operating CNC Turning Centers.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Mill Machinist
  • Mechanical Assembler
  • CNC Programmer
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Design Engineer

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Certificate Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Related Programs

Not ready to commit to a certificate program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This certificate program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: John Bolduc, 207-741-5602 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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