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CNC Programmer, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_MTCP

This Professional Upgrade Certificate is designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of the machinist or the CNC machine operator to the level of the CNC machine programmer. If you are a machinist and have minimal experience with CNC machines or machine language programming, you will first want to complete the CNC operator upgrade certificate. If you have both machining experience and CNC experience, the software used for the Machine Technology A133 and A134 courses provide excellent experiences in computer-assisted CNC programming. All of our programming courses require the use of a personal computer. If you have no computer experience, we strongly suggest you enroll in a basic computer use course first (Computer & High Technology A100 or Computer Information Systems A100).

Program Outcome

  1. Write part machine programs for controlling CNC lathes and milling machines.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
MACH A133CNC Programming-Mastercam 13
MACH A134CNC Programming-Mastercam 23
MACH A126CNC Machine Operation 22
MACH A141Mastercam Lathe1.5
MACH A142Mastercam Solids2
Total Units11.5