CNC Specialist

Program Overview

The CNC Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit program provides training for graduates to gain employment as CNC machine tool technicians. Topics include CNC Fundamentals, mill and lathe manual programming, CNC practical applications, and CAD/CAM programming.  The program emphasizes a combination of CNC theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

Students may enter the CNC Specialist program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semester.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 22 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the CNC Specialist program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$30,000.00 – $40,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $2,862.00
Books & Supplies: $20.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program receive a CNC Specialist technical certificate of credit for advanced placement in the machining field.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.
  • Students must have completed the Machine Tool Technology degree or diploma program, or with Program Advisor approval.



Course Overview

  • AMCA2110CNC Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • AMCA2130CNC Mill Manual Programming5 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2150CNC Lathe Manual Programming5 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2170CNC Practical Applications4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2190CAD/CAM Programming4 credit hours90 contact hours