CNC Machine Operator Academy



Step out of high school and into a great career. It’s possible. Take advantage of the free training we provide. In the CNC Machine Operator Academy, build knowledge and skills to manufacture precision parts and products. You’re hands-on in our modern labs, creating 3-D parts using modeling software. Complete the program with 16 college credits and a CNC Machine Operator Certificate. It’s a great foot in the door to a paid apprenticeship and other manufacturing jobs. It’s also a great path into our CNC Diploma and AAS programs.

Earn your CNC Machine Operator Certificate during high school

  • MFG:106 Work Place Safety with OSHA 10-hour General Industry Card *, 3 credits
  • MFG:192 Blue Print Reading, 3 credits
  • MFG:371 Manual Projects, 3 credits

* Students who complete this academy will earn OSHA 10-hour General Industry Card.

  • MFG:201 CNC Turning Operator, 2 credits
  • MFG:221 CNC Milling Operator, 2 credits
  • CAD:139 Introduction to CAD/CAM, 3 credits

Award: CNC Machine Operator Certificate (13 credits)


Your Career in CNC Machining

CNC machining careers provide solid pay, job stability, and opportunities to grow. Your skills in mechanical design, computer programming and software, and blueprint reading are in high demand by manufacturing companies here and across the world. Here are a few paths you could follow:

  • Machine Operator
    Program, set up, and operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to produce parts.
  • Mill Machinist
    Operate milling machines, revolving lathe tools, drill presses, and end mills. Manufacture parts from metal, steel, plastic, or aluminum.
  • Quality Control Inspector
    Analyze products and materials to find defects that would result in parts not meeting specifications.
  • Programmer
    Interpret project blueprints, design programs, and set up machines to produce components. Complete test runs and make adjustments until the final product meets all blueprint specifications.
  • Mechanical Assembler
    Use a variety of tools and equipment to fabricate mechanical parts, pieces, and products. Ensure all specifications are met. Assemblers often work in a specific area of a production line.
  • Design Engineer
    Design various products, from car engines to medical equipment, and ensure they will be cost-effective and efficiently produced.
Clinton Career Advancement Center Welding Lab

Career Advancement Centers

Brand new ultramodern facilities for career and technical education programs, including automotive tech, culinary, healthcare, welding, and more. Enjoy multi-purpose labs, classrooms, and a large common area. Your successful career starts here.


Your Degree = Success

Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.

Explore the value of an associate’s degree

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Contact our High School Team

Liz Bloom

Liz Bloom

Advises High School Concurrent: Camanche and Northeast


Holly Hansen

Holly Hansen

Advises High School Concurrent: Cal-Wheat and DeWitt Central


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Lorene McLaughlin

Advises High School Concurrent: Bellevue and Maquoketa


Joe Shovlain

Joe Shovlain

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Advises High School Concurrent: Clinton, Career Academies

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Anabelia Calderon-Flores

Anabelia Calderon-Flores

Advises High School Concurrent: Durant and Muscatine

Theresa Putnam Genz

Theresa Putnam Genz

Advises High School Concurrent: Columbus Junction and Louisa-Muscatine

Molly Gleason

Molly Gleason

Advises High School Concurrent: Assumption and Davenport North


Lori Perez

Lori Perez

Advises High School Concurrent: Davenport Central, Davenport West, and North Scott


Jill Spengler

Jill Spengler

Advises High School Concurrent: Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley

CNC Operator Academy Locations

DeWitt Career Advancement Center

DeWitt Career Advancement Center

817 E Industrial Street
DeWitt, Iowa 52742
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Blong Technology Center building

Blong Technology Center

8500 Hillandale Road
Davenport, IA 52806
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