CNC Machinist

Pursue a career with outstanding opportunities.

In the CNC Machinist program at Bates, students learn how to set-up, operate, and program computer numerical controlled machines. Careers are available in industries including aerospace, medical, communications and manufacturing. Due to the competitive economic climate, the demand for American made goods is great. An aging workforce has led to outstanding opportunities for our students. Our program appeals to people who are interested in technology and who want to apply their critical thinking skills to interesting challenging work. This is far more than just job training, it is a new career.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Andrea Cobb
253.680.7185 | acobb@bates.ctc.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$57,810.00
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings14,500

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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CNC Machinist - Associate of Applied Science: 99 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
CNCM102 CNCM102 - Machining Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the machines and techniques used in the machine shop industry. The history of machine tools and their development into the machines of today are included in this evaluation of current best practices, including speed and feed calculations.
CNCM119 3
CNCM110 CNCM110 - CNC Mill I
This course is an introduction to milling machines, both CNC and conventional. The student will complete the first mill project and learn care and use of the conventional mill as well as CNC mills used manually
2
CNCM111 CNCM111 - Introduction to CNC Technology
This course introduces the student to the many ways CNC technology is used today. Machining, science, the food industry and many other applications of CNC are examined.
2
CNCM113 CNCM113 - CNC Programming
This course introduces the student to programming using standard EIA code (G and M codes). The student will produce new programs and edit exisint programs manually (without CAD/CAM)
CNCM119 4
CNCM114 CNCM114 - CNC Troubleshooting
This course presents program and hardware problems to the student. Included are ATC arm failures, program errors, coordinate system setting errors, tool setting erorrs, and power system failuers, and how to recover from them.
CNCM113 3
CNCM119 CNCM119 - CNC Lathe I
This course is an introduction to the CNC turning center and conventional lathe. The controls of the conventional lathe will be examined as will use of the CNC as a manual machine. The similiarties between these machines will be stressed, rather than the differences.
3
CNCM203 CNCM203 - CNC Mill II
Students set up and run the CNC machining center from power on to shut down using existing programs. The use of tools from a common cutter package is also included.
CNCM113, CNCM114, CNCM213 5
CNCM204 CNCM204 - CNC Mill III
Students set up and run the CNC machining center from power on to shut down using student-created programs. Students program and run a part from a blueprint using existing work-holding devices.
CNCM215, CNCM216 5
CNCM207 CNCM207 - Advanced Projects I
Students complete a set up for the CNC lathe and CNC mill. They choose and load tools, measure and enter tool offsets, load and dial in fixtures, set work coordinate systems, choose and download programs, run a fail-safe routine, and use advanced techniques for first part runs.
CNCM215, CNCM216 5
CNCM208 CNCM208 - Advanced Projects II
This course is a continuation of CNCM 207. Students are given more complicated parts to make and will write their own program.s
CNCM207, CNCM215, CNCM216 5
CNCM209 CNCM209 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes
This course focuses on high speed machining ,flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), and cell and pull systems.
CNCM215, CNCM216 3
CNCM211 CNCM211 - CNC Lathe II
This course has the student run the CNC Lathe from power on to shut down using existing programs, and tooling.
CNCM119 5
CNCM212 CNCM212 - CNC Lathe III
Students are trained to run the CNC lathe from power on to shut-down using student prepared programs.
CNCM215, CNCM216 5
CNCM213 CNCM213 - Aerospace Blueprint Reading
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of aerospace blueprint reading as it relates to machine shop-CNC operations. The interpretation of information located on engineering drawings and parts list navigation is emphasized.
MACH119 3
CNCM215 CNCM215 - Computer-Aided Manufacturing
In this course, students use CAM software to program parts from engineering drawings.
CNCM113, CNCM114, CNCM213 5
CNCM216 CNCM216 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
This course introduces computer-aided drafting, including the hardware that makes up a CAD workstation and how to use AutoCAD to set up drawings and construct lines, circles, arcs, various shapes, geometric constructions, and text. Topics include: the AutoCAD interface, templates, editing, layers, plotting, view tools, object snaps, multi-view drawings, text styles, tables and CAD drafting standards.
5
CNCM217 CNCM217 - Emergent Technologies
This course examines technologies expected to continue to be dominant or to become dominant manufacturing methods within the next 25 years. Water jet, stereo lithography, nanotechnology, ultrasonic machining, and liquid metal are featured.
CNCM216 4
MACH116 MACH116 - Introduction to Machining Technology
Students will learn the syllabus, schedule, rules of the shop, Tooling U, emergency procedures, machine safety, and housekeeping.
3
MACH117 MACH117 - Measurement Applications
Students use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators.
5
MACH118 MACH118 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
This course is an introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing as used in the machine shop environment. Topics presented include symbols, Rule 1 and Rule 2, ANSI Y14.5 and coordinate dimensioning. Position is emphasized.
5
MACH119 MACH119 - Blueprint Reading II and SPC
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to apply advanced dimensioning, tolerancing, practices, and multiple views.
5
MACH120 MACH120 - Machine Shop Mathematics II (RI)
A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 111, students study elementary geometry, trigonometry, and Algebra as they apply to the machine shop.(This course meets the RI-Related Instruction for Computation for the AAS)
5

CNC Machining - Certificate of Training: 34 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
CNCM102 CNCM102 - Machining Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the machines and techniques used in the machine shop industry. The history of machine tools and their development into the machines of today are included in this evaluation of current best practices, including speed and feed calculations.
CNCM119 3
CNCM110 CNCM110 - CNC Mill I
This course is an introduction to milling machines, both CNC and conventional. The student will complete the first mill project and learn care and use of the conventional mill as well as CNC mills used manually
2
CNCM119 CNCM119 - CNC Lathe I
This course is an introduction to the CNC turning center and conventional lathe. The controls of the conventional lathe will be examined as will use of the CNC as a manual machine. The similiarties between these machines will be stressed, rather than the differences.
3
CNCM213 CNCM213 - Aerospace Blueprint Reading
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of aerospace blueprint reading as it relates to machine shop-CNC operations. The interpretation of information located on engineering drawings and parts list navigation is emphasized.
MACH119 3
MACH116 MACH116 - Introduction to Machining Technology
Students will learn the syllabus, schedule, rules of the shop, Tooling U, emergency procedures, machine safety, and housekeeping.
3
MACH117 MACH117 - Measurement Applications
Students use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators.
5
MACH118 MACH118 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
This course is an introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing as used in the machine shop environment. Topics presented include symbols, Rule 1 and Rule 2, ANSI Y14.5 and coordinate dimensioning. Position is emphasized.
5
MACH119 MACH119 - Blueprint Reading II and SPC
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to apply advanced dimensioning, tolerancing, practices, and multiple views.
5
MACH120 MACH120 - Machine Shop Mathematics II (RI)
A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 111, students study elementary geometry, trigonometry, and Algebra as they apply to the machine shop.(This course meets the RI-Related Instruction for Computation for the AAS)
5

This program prepares students for employment in the machinist/manufacturing field. Using a variety of machine tools including computer numeric control (CNC) equipment, students learn to make metal parts to precise specifications. Knowledge of the working properties of metal, capabilities of machine tools and equipment, and standard shop practices prepare students for employment in all types of factories, industries, and maintenance shops.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Apply safety procedures appropriate to working in a modern machine shop.
  2. Interpret Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) as they apply to machining fluids and materials.
  3. Use micrometers, indicators, calipers, height gauges, etc. to measure and inspect parts accurately.
  4. Solve practical trigonometry problems related to angular shapes of machined parts.
  5. Interpret engineering drawings as they apply to machined parts
  6.  Interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing symbols as applied to Engineering drawings
  7. Select and use appropriate cutting tools and tool materials for a given application.
  8. Calculate and apply speeds and feeds for various cutting conditions and materials.
  9. Use EIA code (G and M codes) to manually write programs for CNC lathes and mills.
  10. Set up and operate a variety of CNC lathes and milling machines to produce parts to specifications.
  11. Use CAD/CAM software to generate part geometry and tool paths.
  12. Produce a capstone project to include the above skill sets.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College:

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Follow the link for gainful employment info concerning this program: Gainful Employment

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Barry Young

    253.680.7214 | Email

  • Denell Zander

    253.680.7239 | Email