3D CNC Machining



The 3D – CNC Machining program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of industrial machining processes. Processes in manufacturing may focus on aerospace, medical, automotive, petroleum, telecommunications, and electronics products. Students gain knowledge and develop proficiency in Design of Manufacture (DFM) processes by using SolidWorks and AutoDesk Fusion software. In addition, students are required to set-up automated machine tools including tooling and fixtures extensively used in industry. Basic knowledge of materials, machine tools and metrology methods are incorporated to determine optimum speeds and feeds necessary to produce parts that are repeatable and reproducible.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Secondary Student


Post-secondary Student

In-district: $2.50 per hour

Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour

Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (525 hours)

Measurement, Materials and Safety
Job Planning, Benchword and Layout
Basic CNC Milling Operator
Basic CNC Turning Operator

Estimated Time to Complete: 10 months

Student Organization



8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Brake Press Operator; Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist); Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator); Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator); Computer Numerical Control Set-Up and Operator (CNC Set-Up and Operator); Machine Operator; Machine Set-Up, Operator; Machinist - Approximate Pay Potential: $16-$43/Hour (O*NET source: 51-9162.00 - Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers ):

Stephen Hadwin

Stephen Hadwin

3D CNC Machining Instructor


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Milling: Operations
NIMS CNC Turning: Operations
✅ CNC Machining Center Operation
✅ NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
✅ NIMS Measurement, Materials and Safety
✅ Drill Press Operator
✅ Lathe Operator

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.


Student Certifications

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