The Manufacturing Machine Operation Level 1 Certificate provides foundation skills needed for entry level employment as a computer numerical control (CNC) machine operator in a manufacturing facility. The certificate also prepares students to take certification exams offered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Students develop skills including manufacturing machine safety, measurement and blueprint reading, materials and product inspection, and statistical process control.

Additionally, students perform machining operations such as drilling, tapping, boring, turning, and conventional milling and lathe work using various manual and CNC machine tools.



Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work as entry-level CNC machine operator
  • Take certification tests offered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • CNC Operator

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of CNC operators is expected to increase by 19 percent through 2020.

$24,000 – $56,000 annually

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include co-op




Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Manufacturing Machine Operation Level 1 Certificate (MMOC1)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
MMC 105 Shop Math 1 0 1
MMO 111 Mechanical Plan Reading 1 2 0 2
MMO 120 Mechanical Machining 0 6 3
MMO 125 Introduction to CNC 1 2 2
XXX XXX Technical Elective 2 0 2
Total Credits: 6 8 10
Technical Elective (minimum 2 credits required)
MMO 110
& MMO 130
OSHA General Industry Safety
and Statistical Process Control Fundamentals *
MMC 110 MSSC Certified Production Technician Training 6

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