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CNC Toolmaking Diploma

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 249D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring

This area produces skilled craftspeople who make precision metal parts that are highly specialized and not mass produced. Machinists produce parts from metal castings, forgings, stampings, or from solid metal stock. They make parts to exact specifications by removing excess metal with the aid of machine tools, numerically controlled machines, computer assisted machinery, and precise measuring and gauging equipment.

Career Opportunities

As the economy expands, so will the demand for manufactured goods that need machine metal parts. CNC Toolmaking graduates are hired by industries that manufacture automobiles, industrial machinery, military equipment, and other metal products. At many places of employment, graduates can apply training received at the College towards the completion of apprenticeship requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to make precision-machined parts and tooling.
  2. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to program and operate CNC equipment using CAD and CAM.
  3. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to operate and set-up inspection and gauging equipment.
  4. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to meet national entry-level skills standards.
  5. Graduates will have acquired shop communication skills such as blueprint reading, practical geometric dimensioning, and shop CAD/CAM skills.
  6. Graduates will have successfully mastered the general education program requirements for work and life skills.
  7. Graduates will use SolidWorks, design parts and collaborate with engineers.

Program Faculty

Garrett Byrne

Estimated Cost for Student Supplies

The estimated cost for student supplies is $850.

Program Requirements

Certain classes must be taken concurrently and certain classes are prerequisites to other classes.

Subtotal: 60 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Any college level general education course 3 Credits

General Education Requirements: 3 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required.

Total Semester Credits: 20

Total Semester Credits: 20

Summer Term

  • General Education Requirement (any) 3 Credits
    May be taken any semester, but Summer Term is recommended.

Total Summer Term Credits: 3

Total Semester Credits: 20

Total Program Credits: 63

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724   or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Score of 225+

Arithmetic: Score of 237+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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