CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology

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

03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. You can start your CNC program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling.  Use your time wisely and enroll today.  Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.

HS diploma not required to enter the program.

The Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program includes instruction in CNC terminology, set-up, programming, operations and troubleshooting; blueprint reading; machining; lathe and mill operations; technical mathematics; computer literacy; CAD/CAM systems; shop and safety practices; and equipment capabilities; and regulations and laws.

Before completion of the program, students are prepared for the opportunity to complete testing for a certification in the field of manufacturing technology. 

Led by instructors who have worked or are still working in the industry, our program incorporates real-world problem-solving, so you could be job-ready upon graduation. 

Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
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.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary range is $35,210 to $77,950 with a median salary of $54,410.1

1, retrieved 5/29/2019

Program length –10 months


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.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts employment growth of greater than 14% with 71,200 new CNC tool operators will be needed between 2014 and 2024.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 5/23/16

Rockford, IL