CNC training course leads to job opportunities with area companies

September 17, 2018

Schoolcraft College’s eight-week CNC training course provides students with guaranteed job interviews and has high-rate of job placements with area companies; next session begins Sept. 24

A unique program that provides unemployed and underemployed workers with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) skills and guaranteed job interviews is proving very successful at Schoolcraft College.

In an effort to fill the need for CNC operators in southeast Michigan, Schoolcraft College is offering a CNC training course where students are guaranteed job interviews upon course completion. The starting pay for many full-time CNC jobs is $14 an hour. 

In addition to guaranteed job interviews for positions with area manufacturing companies, the students in the CNC program at Schoolcraft College have a high rate of job placement.

"We are partnering with area manufacturing companies and have actually placed 90 percent of the students in our first two classes who have completed the classes in the eight-week program,” said Sandra Miller, project coordinator in the college’s Business Development Center who oversees the CNC program. 

CNC operators run a machine to create parts from raw materials like metal.  The operator inputs instructions into the CNC machine so the machines can perform the correct function, such as drilling, milling or grinding. Students completing the course will understand shop math, how to read blueprints and perform basic machine tool operations. They will also get detailed training on all aspects of setting up and running CNC machines for production runs. 

The eight-week course costs $3,300, but students may qualify for a U.S. Department of Labor grant that covers the cost. The next course begins Sept. 24. For more information, contact Schoolcraft College’s Business Development Center at 734-462-4680 or email