CNC Precision Machining Technology

Shaping the way Manufacturers Operate

CNC Precision Machining Technology, also known as Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Technology, is one of the advanced manufacturing training programs offered by Community College of Philadelphia. This program combines classroom and hands-on training that provides students with fundamental skills needed to begin a high-paying career as a Computer Numeric Controlled Machining Operator (CNC Operator).

A CNC Operator uses machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and spindles to produce machined parts. Machine operators plan the sequence of work by programming, setting up and operating a CNC machine; maintaining quality and safety standards; keeping records; and maintaining equipment and supplies for a manufacturer.

Students will learn from skilled practitioners with years of industry experience and leave the 625-hour program with the following entry-level knowledge:

  • CNC mill, lathe and grinder setup and operation
  • Tool identification
  • Machine setup, use and operation
  • Machining processes
  • Quality and cycle time optimization
  • CNC program operation and troubleshooting
  • Fixture setup and operation

Classes will be offered during the day, Monday through Thursday.

Career Opportunities

There are many different job titles for those who train in CNC Precision Machining Technology:

  • CNC Machine Tool Programmers
  • CNC Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Metal and Plastic Model Makers
  • Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

All of these jobs require a good knowledge of machinery and the product being manufactured. Many firms are adopting technologies such as CNC machine tools and robots to improve quality and lower production costs.

The demand for machinists will match the improvements in technologies, such as CNC machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining and lights-out manufacturing, as machinists will still be required to set up, monitor and maintain these automated systems.

In addition, employers will continue to need machinists who have a wide range of skills and are capable of using modern production techniques in a machine shop. As manufacturers invest in new equipment, modify production techniques and implement product design changes more rapidly, they will continue to rely heavily on experienced machinists.

Program Qualifications

Successful applicants will have good communication skills (writing and reading), mechanical aptitude and good hand-eye coordination. A math skills assessment is required for entry into the program.


Training is conveniently located at Community College of Philadelphia's West Regional Center.

Can I Receive Financial Aid for this program?
The CNC program is eligible for financial aid. Students who wish to apply for financial aid at Community College of Philadelphia need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA form is free, so there's no reason not to apply. 

FAFSA is the required application for state, federal and institutional financial aid. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans. 

When do I need to submit my FAFSA?
If you are interested in the Fall 2021 class, please submit your 2020-21 FAFSA application now.  Visit the college’s Financial Aid page for additional steps to apply for financial aid.

Contact Us to Learn More about our CNC Precision Machining Technology Program

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

Mon. – Thurs.
TBD Fall 2021
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

West Regional Center,
Room 101
 $8,999 (Tuition: $8,744; Material: $225)

 Course Hours: 625 Hours