CNC Programming Degrees: Requirements to Enroll in and Complete a CNC Programming Degree Program

Published Nov 06, 2009

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Computer numerical control programming, more commonly known as CNC programming, is the use of electronic codes to operate mechanical equipment. Degrees in CNC programming are often available though colleges' mechanical engineering departments as certificate or associate's degree programs.

CNC Programming Degree Program Enrollment Requirements

The admissions requirements for most CNC programming certificate or degree plans require applicants to hold a high school diploma and some require applicants to take college entrance exams. Most schools that offer degrees or courses in CNC programming look to admit students who have demonstrated, either through their academic record or work history, that they are mechanically inclined.

People interested in earning a certificate or degree in CNC programming should be able to show that they have strong math and science skills. Some programs require students to take classes on subjects like machine operation, drafting and blueprint reading before taking more advanced CNC programming courses.

CNC Programming Degree Program Completion Requirements

To earn a certificate or degree in CNC programming, students must complete a total of between 12 and 90 credit hours in various subjects. Most CNC programming degree or certificate programs require students to complete classes on topics like computer numerical control programming and operation, horizontal CNC machining centers and 3-dimensional CNC operation. Some programs also offer student the opportunity to take classes that blend instruction in computer aided drafting (CAD) with CNC programming skills.

Many degree or certificate programs in CNC programming require students to complete extensive laboratory work, giving them hands-on experience applying many of the techniques taught in the classroom. Earning an associate degree or certificate in CNC programming prepares graduates for careers or for further study in fields like machine technology, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and computer-aided drafting.

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