Certificate of Development ∙ Program Code: 106 · Credit Hours: 20 ∙ Contact Hours: 20
Associate Dean: Pam Miller
The North Central Certificate of Development in Computer-Numeric-Controlled Programming and Operations prepares motivated students for work in modern factories, manufacturing plants and machine shops where computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines are essential pieces of equipment. In the past, workers manually controlled the heavy equipment used to cut, shape and form products from raw wood and metals. A CNC programmer / operator can now input highly-detailed instructions into a computer system that guides robotic arms and tools to perform precision machining jobs. Skilled CNC programmers or operators are able to improve the efficiency of production and the quality of finished products.
* Open Entry / Self-Paced: North Central offers some Computer-Numeric-Controlled Programming and Operations courses in an open-entry (OE) self-paced format. This format enables students to start courses after the normal semester and work at a pace agreed upon by the student and the instructor. Open lab time is scheduled for daytime and evening access to facilitate student work schedules. The college's Mobile Digital Fabrication Lab is designed for CNC activities involving area high schools, employers, and North Central students.