CNC Machine Operator
Virtual Information Session
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Get your questions answered from MTI's Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Houle, about our upcoming CNC Machine Operator course!
Ask us questions such as:
- How I qualify for free tuition?
- What type of requirements or commitments would I have to make?
- What industry credentials can I receive?
- What types of jobs can I get after I complete the course?
Do you have questions now? Email MTI or call us at 781-861-7151.
About the Program
The Computer Numeric Control (CNC) program is held in the advanced manufacturing learning space at Minuteman. Students prepare for entry-level positions in the CNC machining field, which is described by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as, “the set up and operation of a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal.” Industry professionals will provide information and insight regarding networking and employment opportunities.
In addition to certification, students will develop skills appropriate for entry-level employment as a CNC machine operator, which includes CNC programming, SolidWorks software, workplace safety, communication, blueprint reading, and project planning.
Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operator program for through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.
MassHire Career Centers can support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support upon the completion of the program.
Career Prospects and Pathways
CNC Machine Operator is a high-need occupation in the Metro West area, according to the Massachusetts Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative’s Regional Blueprint.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.
Employment of machinists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.
Employment of tool and die makers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2019 to 2029. Advances in automation, including CNC machine tools, should reduce demand for tool and die makers to perform tasks, such as programming how parts fit together, that computer software can perform. Many job openings for machinists and tool and die makers are expected to arise each year from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force, such as to retire.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, Job Outlook, July 29, 2021: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm#tab-6)
Collaboration with MassHire and Commonwealth Corporation
Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operation program through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.
MassHire Career Centers will support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support following the completion of the program.
- January 17-May 2, 2023
- Course is 15 weeks, 200 hours
- Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30-10:00 PM
In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.
This training is provided COST-FREE for the following Massachusetts residents:
- Anyone who is unemployed
- Middlesex County residents who earn less than $63,900 gross annually
- Suffolk County residents who earn less than $45,500 gross annually
- Worcester County residents who earn less than $46,700 gross annually
- Essex County residents who earn less than $50,000 gross annually
- Most recent high school graduates
The CNC Machine Operator program is supported by grant funding from the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet.
- OSHA 10 Safety Certification
- Hot Work Certification
Massachusetts is the second top-paying state for CNC Machine Operators with an average hourly wage of $23.98 and an average annual salary of $49,890, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Average Hourly Wage
Average Annual Salary
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, July 2021: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm