CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program

100% of the program is on-campus

HS diploma not required to enter the program.

What Is Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology?

A great entry point to the world of engineering and manufacturing is by way of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing. Both are machining processes that are commonly used in the engineering of parts and products. Qualified programmers in this field have duties that include:
  • Creating program codes or instructions to run machines.
  • Using advanced systems to cut and shape products for aviation, automobiles, and industrial parts.
  • Utilizing robotic instructions to weld, paint and install parts.
  • Interpreting technical drawings and setting up machines as specified by blueprints.
  • Performing machine maintenance as necessary for high-quality production.

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What Career Options Are Available in Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology?

CNC programmers work at the forefront of technology and this career is in high demand in Illinois. The work environment for CNC programmers may vary by industry but each location offers numerous opportunities to make a high impact. Some of these include:
  • Stone and Tile Manufacturing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Aviation Manufacturing
  • Engineering Firms
  • And many more!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers is expected to increase by 19% between 2019 and 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Program

Aspiring CNC Machinists and Programmers can launch their career and get a leg up on the competition through the diploma program at Rockford Career College. Our program can be completed in just 10 months and will prepare you to:
  • Understand CNC terminology.
  • Set-up, program, operate and troubleshoot robotic systems.
  • Experience how to interpret blueprints.
  • Engage with technical mathematics and CAD/CAM systems.
  • Learn shop and safety best practices and related laws and regulations.

Before completion of the program, students are prepared for the opportunity to complete testing for certification in the field of manufacturing technology. Our program is led by instructors who have worked or are still working in the industry.

Len Gallagher, from JobSmart Employment Services, Inc., says: “Rockford manufacturing has been revived, but there is now a shortage of well-trained CNC machinists. RCC is working hard to prepare qualified candidates. I believe they have crafted an excellent program and Jobsmart will continue to coordinate search efforts with them.”

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program Length – 10 Months

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After you complete the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Construction Management Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.

Reference:, retrieved 4/21/21.

* CNC Employers who have sought our students
Accurate CNC Machining Inc.
All World Machinery
Jeavons Enterprises Inc.
Parkway Products - Littlestar Technology Center
Precision Screw Products
QPS Employment Group
Robinson Manufacturing
Thomason Machine Works
Top Die Casting Co



This trades program includes courses in blueprint reading, manufacturing occupations, basic machining, metallurgy, metrology techniques, mechanical design, CNC/CAD, fixture design, lean manufacturing, material management, robotics and cellular manufacturing. The program is completed with a capstone project demonstrating the student’s abilities.

CNC and robotic manufacturing operators run computer-controlled machines or robots to perform manufacturing, assembly or other functions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic in Illinois are expected to increase 20% between 2016 and 2026.1, retrieved 5/5/2020

Rockford, IL