CNC Automation Technician

Advance your manufacturing skills

The world of manufacturing is changing rapidly and so too are the skill sets needed to be a competitive part of it. Here is where the skills of a true craftsperson and the high-tech world of automation combine to form the fast-paced CNC programming and machining jobs of the future. If you like to create things with your hands, are fascinated with technology, and want above-average earning power, the CNC Automation Technician program is for you. This career offers the best of both worlds as you will be a respected craftsperson in a growing profession.

Career Area
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • Flexible Starting Dates
  • 4 Terms 
  • 54 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible

Spring 2024 CBE Schedule

CBE On Campus: Flexible lab/class instruction where you complete assessments at a personalized pace.

Lab Availability: Monday – Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon

Career Outlook

CNC Technician

Median Income: $56,745.00*


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Develop programs to control machining or processing of materials by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. May also set up, operate, or maintain equipment.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from Lakeshore District, unless noted otherwise (i.e. Wind programs use State of WI.)


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

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Faculty Bios

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Mark Lorier

I enjoy sharing what I have learned in this trade and helping to teach and inspire students in the future of manufacturing.

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Pete Rathsack

I teach because I like to see a student succeed, be proud of themselves, advance in their career or start a new career, and to shape them into the person they want to be.

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