Rock Valley College

CNC Machining

Program Overview

This program delivers a customized curriculum to prepare you for a career in advanced manufacturing in just thirty-two weeks. You will learn the skills necessary to enter the manufacturing environment at an entry level position with a solid foundation of shop math, blueprint interpretation, metrology, and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) setup/operation skills. This program provides an entry path to a CNC career and a great foundation for anyone interested in pursuing our CNC certificate for college credits. 

Program Dates & Topics

The CNC program will run March 14-July 1, 2022 at the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The program will run for 32 weeks as two, 16-week sessions:
  • First 16-Weeks – Students will learn foundational skills, blueprint reading, CAD modeling, shop safety, and basic CNC machine knowledge.
  • Second 16-Weeks – Students will learn entry-level machine operation and setup, CAM programing, and part processing.

Earn Your NIMS Credentials!

During your course of study, you will have the opportunity to earn the following NIMS credentials: Measurement, Materials, & Safety; CNC Mill and Lather Operations; CNC Mill and Lathe Programming Setup & Operations. 

Program Cost & Tuition Waivers

  • Full scholarships are available! Ask us how you can get your tuition, books, and tools covered using the ATC Tuition Waiver!
  • The program cost is $5,000 per 16-Week Session. 

Career Opportunities

The estimated average annual salary of CNC Machinists is Illinois is $45,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022). View more information on potential wages and job prospects related to CNC.