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Machine Tool Technology: Basic CNC Mill Certificate Industrial & Trade Technology Total Units: 12

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.


The Machine Tool Technology: Basic CNC Mill Certificate of Achievement offers both theoretical and hands-on training related to CNC mills. A student enrolling in the program should have the desire and ability to work with his or her hands, possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude and enjoy working in a shop environment.

Individuals who complete the Machine Tool Technology: Basic CNC Mill Certificate of Achivement are prepared for employment in large and small manufacturing facilities as production workers, set-up persons, and machine operators.

This certificate is part of a career ladder. Since technological advances and continued expansion of the machine tool industry have increased the demand for well trained entry level technicians both locally and state-wide, students may choose to complete additional certificates, such as individuals with certificate level knowledge of CNC lathes and mills and CAM are especially in demand. For students intererested in an Associate Degree, a Machine Tool major is available.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Grind a tool bit into a right handed turning tool utilizing a pedestal grinder and a piece of high speed steel (H.S.S.);
  2. write a program using G (General Function) and M (Miscellaneous Function) codes; and
  3. describe the differences between X, Y, and Z axis.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Machine Tool Technology: Basic CNC Mill program are:

  • Complete 12 units from
    • Basic CNC Mill Requirements

Basic CNC Mill Requirements - complete 12.00 units
MACH 51A Beginning Machine Tool Technology2.00
MACH 80A Introduction to Computer Numeric Control Lathe5.00
MACH 80B Introduction to Computer Numeric Control Mill5.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.


Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of "C" or better. State approval to convert skills certificate to certificate of achievement given 6/29/09. Awards can be given beginning Summer 2009.

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