Dec 01, 2023  
RCC Catalog 2023-2024 
RCC Catalog 2023-2024

Manufacturing / Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, Career Pathway Certificate

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About the Program

This Career Pathways two-term certificate integrates conventional manufacturing techniques with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing skills. This training is the entry point in the Manufacturing Career Pathway leading to the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician program and to a valuable career in the manufacturing engineering technology field. In addition to technical training, students receive a solid foundation in mathematics and computer skills. Graduates typically enter the workforce as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operators. With additional on-the-job experience and continued education, students can transition into CNC programming and quality control inspection.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Career Pathway Certificate are:

Set up and operate manual machines to produce parts to specification.

Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.

Follow, develop, and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and procedures.

Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards to protect personnel and equipment.

Set-up and operate CNC mills.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department Chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over four years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. Official transcripts must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office and the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C-” or better to receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C-” or better grade.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Total Program Credits: 31-32

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Program Prerequisites:


Prerequisite Credits: 0-14

Term 1

Check-in with Advisor

Term Credits: 19

Term Credits: 12


1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS 120  / CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information contact the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department:

Phone: 541-956-7500


Web address:

TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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