Certificate of Completion in CNC Machining I

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The base certificate for this pathway map is no longer offered for new students. It is presented only for archival purposes.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in CNC Machining I program prepares the student to operate the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems that produce the machined product on CNC turning centers, machining centers, and other manufacturing equipment in a safety industrial environment preparing the student for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level One CNC credentials.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
CNC Machining I (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. List and describe advantages and disadvantages of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process.
  2. Describe safe practices within a manufacturing environment by listing ten observable conditions that could indicate the presence of health and safety hazards.
  3. Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimal numbers.
  4. Solve geometry problems involving triangles, polygons, and circles.
  5. Comprehend the electrical and mechanical specifications of relays and solenoids.
  6. List and describe the mechanical and physical properties of metals.
  7. Write a CNC program to control CNC machine functions, multi-axis coordinate path and miscellaneous CNC machine functions.
  8. Plan manufacturing processes for machining and finishing from mechanical prints.
  9. Identify and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT) symbology.
  10. Apply principles of GDT to the establishment of functional gaging activities.
  11. Demonstrate the procedure for start-up, mode selection, and shut down of CNC Machining Center.
  12. Demonstrate CNC Machining Center operations and controllers.
  13. Demonstrate the use of basic CNC Machining Center tooling and tool holders.
  14. Demonstrate and perform CNC Turning Center operations and controllers.
  15. Determine a tool cutter path and generate a program with a CAD/CAM system.
  16. Use solid parts to generate engineering data.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC106 Industrial Safety RC 2
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II GTC108 meets the General Education Mathematics area. Critical Course. RC 3
MFG100 Tool Room: Introduction to Machine Processes RC 2
MFG102 Machine Processes, Theory and Application RC 3
MFG111 Machine Trades Print Reading and Inspection Critical Course RC 4

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC216 Properties of Materials RC 3
MFG206 CNC Programming of Word Address Language RC 3
MFG113 Geometric Tolerancing and Dimensioning Application RC 3
MFG254 Solids Modeling-Solidworks FYC 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT255 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing RC 4
GTC185 Electro-Mechanical Devices RC 4
MFG214 CNC: Operator Training RC 3

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Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in CNC Machining I (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=121077).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the CNC Machining I program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019