Machine Technologies

CNC Manufacturing

Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 26% Online

Basic Machining

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 17% Online

Manual Machining

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 14% Online

CNC Machine Tool Operator

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 17% Online

Industrial Maintenance Technologies

Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 17% Online
Programs of Study

The machining field has many hi-tech options, and the demand for machinists and machine operators remains high. CCD's machine technologies program provides classroom learning and hands-on experience with manual lathes, milling machines, and computer numeric control (CNC) machines. CCD is excited to offer state-of-the-art machining equipment available for you to learn, including 3D CAM programming on MasterCAM software package. In this program, you’ll learn

  • manual milling machine operation,
  • manual lathe operation and thread cutting,
  • CNC Lathe operation and programming,
  • CNC Milling Machine operation and programming,
  • blueprint reading,
  • machine and tooling selection, and
  • tool geometry and theory.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers between 14 and 26 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
MAC 100, MAC 101, MAC 102, MAC 110,
MAC 111, MAC 120, MAC 121, MAC 141,
MAC 145, MAC 178, MAC 201, MAC 205,
MAC 240, MAC 245, MAC 250, MAC 252, MAC 280
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
MAC 101 Material/shop fee $57.00 (flat)
MAC 110 Material/shop fee $208.00 (flat)
MAC 111 Material/shop fee $223.00 (flat)
MAC 112 Material/shop fee $96.00 (flat)
MAC 120 Material/shop fee $212.00 (flat)
MAC 121 Material/shop fee $245.00 (flat)
MAC 122 Material/shop fee $41.00 (flat)
MAC 201 Material/shop fee $181.00 (flat)
MAC 205 Material/shop fee $115.00 (flat)
MAC 207 Material/shop fee $186.00 (flat)
MAC 240 Material/shop fee $283.00 (flat)
MAC 245 Material/shop fee $265.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

Most of this program is eligible for federal financial aid. However, the multi-axis lathe, CNC wire EDM, and the five-axis milling machine certificates are not eligible for federal student aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of machinists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026. Job prospects for machinists are expected to be good, primarily because of the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation. 

Job possibilities in this field are vast and include a large number of industries.

  • CNC Set-up and Operation
  • Prototype Machinist
  • CAM Specialist
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • On-the-Job Training into Process Engineering
  • CNC Programmer

Industries include:

  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • OEM Production
  • Defense
  • Automotive

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for machine and tool and die makers as $44,110 ($21.21 per hour) in May 2017.  According to O*Net (2019), a computer numerical controlled (CNC) tool programmer's median annual wage is $56,450 ($27.14 per hour).  

Program Outcomes

Total of 2019 Graduates
Total Students Employed in their Field of Study
Total Students Who Have Transferred to 4-year Degree or Other Institution


The basic, intermediate and CNC machine tool operator certificate seamlessly transfer to the A.A.S. degree in CNC manufacturing. Complete a certificate and start working while you study and finish your associate degree.