CNC Machining I (Day)

The Level I Certificate of Competency (CCT) in CNC Machining I prepares students for employment as entry-level operators and technicians in the manufacturing industry. The program provides applied skills in process planning, quality control, setup and operation of manual/computer numeric control (CNC) machines for current and future needs of the manufacturing industry. This program introduces students to manual data programming and CAD/CAM. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Machining II and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Manufacturing and Production Technology are also available.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
CNC Machining I (Day) (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice safety rules and regulations applicable to a manufacturing environment.
  2. Use mathematical skills to solve basic manufacturing problems.
  3. Interpret technical documentation and materials to make informed decisions in manufacturing processes.
  4. Evaluate compliance using standardized industry inspection techniques.
  5. Demonstrate personal and professional accountability.
  6. Effectively communicate orally, visually, and in writing in the manufacturing environment.
  7. Effectively work within a team structure.
  8. Use the appropriate hand, measuring and cutting tool for a given task according to industry standards.
  9. Set up and operate manual machining equipment.
  10. Program, set up, and operate multi-axis computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing machinery or equipment using a combination of materials and technologies.
  11. Recognize manufacturing defects and make appropriate decisions.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
MFC101 Technical Documentation Critical course 84
MFC110 Inspection Techniques Critical course Gateway course 72
MFC111 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GDT) 102
MFC113 Coordinate Measuring Machines I 84

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
MFC120 Introduction to Manual Machining 168
MFC131DC CNC Machining Level I 216
MFC140DC Manual CNC Programming 72
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.