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CNC Machine Operator and Programming Certification

Advanced Manufacturing


This training program is offered at the Evendale campus.


The target audience for this training program includes those seeking careers in metal fabrication, metal machine operation and metal working.

  • This program satisfies the 80 hours of training required for the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS).
  • An additional 130 hours of in-class, hands-on instruction with a project are required for Certification as a Machine Operator.
  • The program provides 9 hours of college credit.
  • These certifications are for individuals new to, or with limited experience in the field of metal working, machine operations and fabrication.

Training Program starts November 5, 2019

Contact Hours


Training Program Objectives

The Machine Operator training provides foundational training on machine safety, measurement and blueprint reading, manual milling and turning, and an overview of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and statistical process control.

  • The outcome of training is use and understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerances, precision measurement tools, and technical manuals for operation of various machine tools and blueprints used to manufacture and repair mechanical assemblies.
  • Students completing the program will understand machining applications, tooling criteria, and be able to inspect materials and products to ensure they meet specifications.
  • Additionally, students will be expected to perform machining operations such as drilling, tapping, boring, turning, and conventional milling and lathe work using various manual and CNC machine tools.
  • The training concludes with a module on Statistical Process Control (SPC), lean quality processes, and communications for continuous improvement and reducing errors, in order to eliminate defective products and lower costs through reduced waste.

Training Program Features

  • This program prepares an individual to sit for the NIMS certification exam
  • All content has been developed and created by industry-leading subject matter experts and instructional designers

Training Program Courses

Course Title

Course #

Contact Hours

Credit Hours

Shop Math

MMO 105



Mechanical Plan Reading 1

MMO 111



OSHA General Safety

MMO 110



Mechanical Machining

MMO 120



Introduction to CNC

MMO 125



Statistical Process Control (SPC)

MMO 130 15 1





For More Information

Jerry Whitaker, Assistant Business Manager, Advanced Manufacturing
Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Rd.
Cincinnati, OH. 45241
Office (513) 569-4857

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