CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology

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

HS diploma not required to enter the program.

Want to learn how to program, design and machine a product? 

Top ten reasons to become a CNC technician at Rockford Career College:

  1. Be proud of your work.
    Operating a CNC or other manufacturing machine gives you plenty of reasons to feel proud. The components you make can be used in any number of projects to create virtually anything. Every day you work will produce tangible results and assist both individuals and companies in need.
  2. Read blueprints.
    Our program covers proper blueprint reading so you can be prepared to understand machines and complete clients' requests.
  3. Ten-month program.
    Courses can be completed in only ten months, allowing you to get started on your new career quickly.
  4. Run CNC machines.
    You can become prepared to operate computer numerical control machines in a manufacturing environment. This diploma program discusses CNC set-up, operation, programming, fixture design and inspection techniques, milling and turning, and working in a manufacturing environment.
  5. Discover different manufacturing occupations.
    CNC machines are extremely versatile and used to make both common and specialty parts. Due to their flexibility, they are utilized by many companies, giving you a wide array of employers from which to choose.
  6. Manage materials.
    Nearly any material can be input into a CNC machine, including plastics, metals, foam, wood, and more. Learn how to correctly transform the right starting material into a perfect finished product.
  7. Take courses on robotics.
    CNC machinery is only one component of robotic manufacturing. Rockford Career College's program expands on a firm CNC knowledge foundation to include other robotics topics.
  8. Learn about many subjects.
    Round out your studies with a host of courses. Topics covered include manufacturing occupations, metallurgy, basic machining, metrology techniques, mechanical design, CNC/CAD, fixture design, lean manufacturing, and cellular manufacturing.
  9. Complete a capstone project.
    Before you enter your new workplace, show what you have learned by finishing a final product. You will receive real-world experience and hone your skills so you can be better prepared for your future job.
  10. We want to see you succeed.
    The staff at Rockford Career College We offer a number of services to students, such as mock interviews, resume reviews, and job postings. If a career in CNC and robotic manufacturing technology is calling you, do not hesitate to contact us. Reach us by our contact form on this page or at 815-965-8616 to begin!

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