If you like to work with your hands and have a mind for technology, the new CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Program could be a great career path for you. Students are taught to run CNC machines in a manufacturing environment, including CNC set-up, operation, programming, fixture design and inspection techniques, milling and turning, as well as working in a manufacturing environment.
Program length –10 months
This trades program includes courses in blueprint reading, manufacturing occupations, basic machining, metallurgy, metrology techniques, mechanical design, CNC/CAD, fixture design, lean manufacturing, material management, robotics and cellular manufacturing. The program is completed with a capstone project demonstrating the student’s abilities.
CNC and robotic manufacturing operators run computer-controlled machines or robots to perform manufacturing, assembly or other functions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts employment growth of greater than 14% with 71,200 new CNC tool operators will be needed between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 5/23/16