Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinists, or operators, program the CNC machines and load the right tools in order to create and produce specific parts and products for a wide variety of industries and manufacturers. CNC operators are employed in small to large businesses in engineering and manufacturing to create products from scratch.

Machining/Computer Numerical Control courses include:

  • MCHN.1020 – Precision Tools & Measurements 48 contact hours
  • MCHN.1038 – Basic Machine Shop 1 64 contact hours
  • MCHN.2003 – Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) 64 contact hours
  • MCHN.2034 – Operation of CNC Machining Centers 64 contact hours
  • MCHN.2035 – Advanced CNC Machining 64 contact hours

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Applicants must complete the Machining/CNC program application BEFORE they can be admitted into the program and are eligible for registration. If under 18, Minor Consent Form is required and must be completed then uploaded with the application.

Students will be required to purchase and bring to class the items on the supply list:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Safety Shoes/Boots
  • Basic Calculator
  • Textbook: Machining Fundamentals, 11th Edition, Authors: John R. Walker & Bob Dixon, (2023) Publisher: Goodheart-Wilcox,                                                             
    ISBN: 978-1-64925-979-0         

Career Options

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a Weatherford College certificate of completion. Students can work as a CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Machinist, Gear Machinist, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Production Machinist, and Tool Room Machinist.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The annual median wage for computer numerically controlled tool operators in May 2020 was

Related Programs

Machinist wanting to continue their education and further their career may be interested in pursuing the Industrial Maintenance & Automation (IMAT), Welding, or Computer Aided Design/Drafting (CADD) [LINK to CADD program] programs. As well a degree in engineering or business.


Funding assistance through the Workforce Education Grant and Weatherford College Foundation Scholarship for Workforce Education may be available for eligible applicants, until funds are depleted. Please visit the Financial Assistance page for applications. This program does not qualify for FAFSA.


  • Dr. Bill Alexander, Program Director
  • Doug Hammerman, Instructor
  • Bill Foust, Instructor

Machining/Computer Numerical Control (CNC)


Weatherford Campus: 817-598-8870
Wise County Campus: 940-626-3304

Number of Credits

  • CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded vary per course completed