Online CNC Programming Classes and Schools

Courses in computer numerical control (CNC) programming are mainly found in on-campus programs. Learn about these programs and tips for choosing a school. Schools offering Machining & Manufacturing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

First, it's important to note that your options for enrolling in an online CNC programming school are very limited; therefore, it may be in your best interest to opt for an on-campus program instead. You'll be studying such topics as lathes, milling machines, blueprint reading and machine shop math. Programs are available as a certificate or standalone classes.

Classes Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-related manufacturing (CAM), technical communications, manufacturing processes
Schools_ Look for programs approved by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship Training
_Certification Mastercam certification can lead to better job prospects

Will I Be Able to Earn Certification?

Some programs prepare you for the Mastercam certification. To earn this certification, you'll take a series of practical tests that assess your ability to work with Mastercam's CAM software and your ability to produce high-quality products. While certification isn't required, it can be beneficial for career advancement. In some cases, employers might pay for you to earn a CNC certification once they've hired you.

What Does This Program Prepare Me to Do?

As a CNC programmer, you'll write programs, or codes, that control the movement of tools and machines that shape and cut precision products, such as computer keyboards and auto parts. Some CNC programming certificates and degrees are designed to prepare you for entry-level work. For more advanced programs, you'll need to have a basic understanding of CNC programming and operations before you can enroll.

What Should I Look for When Selecting a School?

Look for institutions that offer programs or courses that are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training. This approval lets employers know that you've completed a hands-on, industry-specific training program. These programs can often be customized to match an employer's needs. If you have an idea of where you want to work after you graduate, you should choose the program that most closely matches that employer's needs. Take a look at some of the schools listed below that offer these online and on-campus classes:

  • Western Technical College
  • Johnston Community College
  • Lincoln Tech (West Orange, NJ)
  • Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
  • Butler County Community College (Butler, PA)

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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Popular Schools

  • Penn Foster High School

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  • Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Wisconsin: Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Wisconsin: Shell Lake
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Georgia: Valdosta
  • Westmoreland County Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Pennsylvania: Youngwood
  • Western Piedmont Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • North Carolina: Morganton
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg

    Campus Locations:

    • West Virginia: Parkersburg
  • West Shore Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Michigan: Scottville
  • Pearl River Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Mississippi: Poplarville
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Kentucky: Paducah