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CNC Operator Career Pathway

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Jumpstart your career with Clackamas Community College's CNC Operator Certificate

Are you seeking a high-demand career in advanced manufacturing? Clackamas Community College's CNC Operator Certificate program equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in less than a year.

Gain expertise in manual and CNC machine operation, blueprint reading, technical math and safety. Our comprehensive curriculum prepares you for immediate employment or further education in machine tool technology.

This flexible program allows you to pursue additional manufacturing courses alongside core CNC competencies. It also seamlessly transfers to the one-year Machine Tool Technology Certificate or the two-year Machine Tool Technology Associate Degree, providing a clear path for career advancement.

Ready to take the first step? 

Contact us today to learn more about the CNC Operator Certificate program and launch your rewarding career in advanced manufacturing.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Gear up for exciting careers in advanced manufacturing

Clackamas Community College's CNC Operator Certificate program can equip you with in-demand skills to land rewarding careers in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, medical device fabrication and more. Pursue careers as an entry-level CNC operator, machinist and manufacturing technician.

Search related careers and regional data on wages and job outlook on WorkSource.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Make your mark in the manufacturing industry with essential CNC operator skills

Our combination of classroom instruction and hands-on labs will give you the skills to succeed, preparing you for high-growth careers in manufacturing. From basic machine operation to interpreting complex technical drawings and everything in between, the CNC operator certificate program will give you the tools to grow in this exciting field.

What you should learn:

  • In-demand CNC operation skills: Learn to program and operate sophisticated CNC machines, including lathes and mills.
  • Precision machining techniques: Hone your accuracy and efficiency in cutting, drilling and shaping a variety of materials.
  • Blueprint reading: Learn to interpret complex technical drawings and specifications.

Bridge the gap between design and creation — learn CNC programming and become the driving force behind high-quality manufacturing.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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