cnc operation & programming
at MiraCosta College
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is the automated control of manufacturing machining tools (drills, boring tools, lathes) by means of a computer. In this 112-hour course, students will learn safety, terminology, and basic blueprint reading as well as interpretation of G&M codes, and operation of both a HAAS CNC mill and lathe. Students will also get exposure to CAD/CAM software. Course material and activities are provided via demonstrations and hands-on instruction.
In this 30-hour hands-on class students learn to read and correctly interpret blueprints used in the manufacturing trades. They will get an opportunity to draw and edit simple blueprints through step-by-step development of multi-view drawings. In addition, students will learn the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). This course is the perfect introduction to GD&T, symbols, applications and methods of inspection.
In this 30-hour introductory course, students learn how to design basic CNC programs for a three-axis CNC milling machine. Students will be instructed on G&M codes, Boolean logic and machine and control definitions. In addition, the class will cover basic aspects of post configuration, variable definitions, formatting, post lines, post text, modality and control definitions.
MasterCam is the most widely used CAM software in the industry and this intermediate, 30-hour course will provide students with trade-specific tips and tricks, whether they are in the production or the programming. This course also teaches additional topics for more intricate programs and designs. HAAS simulators will be used to test run the programs.
Using Autodesk Inventor This 15-hour introductory course introduces students to Autodesk Inventor, a 3D mechanical design software. This program allows students to move from 2D to 3D images. In this course, students will also learn how to transform their CAD drawing to a usable CAM image.SIGN UP NOW!
CNC Operation Certificate: $2,645. Tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $495 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration
CNC Programming: $250. Tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $125 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration
CNC Programming Certificate: $1,150. Tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $550 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration
Blueprint Reading with GD&T : $250. Tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $150 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration
AutoCAD for Manufacturing: $200. Tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $75 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration
CNC Operation is 112 hours
CNC Programming courses are 30 hours each
AutoCAD for Manufacturing is 15 hours
Blueprint Reading with GD&T is 30 hours
Hours of Instruction
Evenings or weekends
Please see the events calendar for dates/times
Completion of enrollment documents. Students must be at least 15 years of age. For the intermediate programming course, student must have previously taken a MasterCam course.
If you successfully complete the CNC Operation course, you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment. If you complete one programming course, we can issue a certificate for $15. If you successfully complete both CNC Programming courses, we will issue a Certificate of Accomplishment.
This training is designed to help you move up within your current company, or to enhance your skillset for your next Machinist job.
Robert Timby is the owner of Alacrity Manufacturing and has been operating and programming CNC machines since 1995. He has been a Lead Programmer/Machinist, programmed 2 to 4 axis CNC mills and 2 axis CNC lathes with Swift Engineering, and Alts Tool and Machine. He is a Journeyman in manual and CNC machines from California Industrial Standards. Mr. Timby also served as a U.S. Marine for six years repairing helicopters..
C. S. (Sam) Richards worked as an expat industrial engineer in Hong Kong, and helped re-shore consumer electronics manufacturing from Japan in the 1980s. Sam operated his own product development business in San Diego before consulting in Lean Manufacturing. He is certified in Lean Technology (UCSD) and Digital Systems Design (SDSU), and was an aerospace industry representative at Lean Aircraft Initiative at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sam holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and MS in High Technology Management from National University. Most recently, Sam helps prepare students for career advancement in high tech industries.
Jack has degrees in business management and laser technology. He has spent more than 15 years working with optical manufacturing in San Diego. He has experience in tooling design and qualification, manufacturing engineering, lean manufacturing, quality management systems and technical writing. He has led lean efforts in many aspects of optical system manufacture from fabrication and assembly through integration and testing of flight worthy optical systems. He has designed, programmed and machined precision tooling and deliverable hardware. Jack also enjoyed sharing and developing training methods and materials to assist others wishing to gain knowledge pertinent to science and manufacturing career paths.
We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.