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/programs/Pages/cnc-toolmaking.aspxCareer & Technical ProgramsNoMichael Johnson 22/7/2024 11:06 AM
CNC Toolmaking Diploma
CNC Toolmaking Diploma
10/20/2016 11:48 AM

  • ​​​Stimulating environment
    Work with innovative companies utilizing the latest technologies
  • Be competitive ​​
    Participate in the SkillsUSA competition and put your skills to practice
  • Accredited by NIMS in 2018
    NIMS accreditation is the highest quality benchmark for metalworking training programs within the U.S. and demonstrates a training program's commitment to fulfilling industry's workforce needs.

Typical job titles are CNC programmer, machine operator, toolmaker and moldmaker. As a well-rounded machinist, you can take advantage of numerous opportunities throughout the manufacturing industry. ​

The Median Hourly Wage in 2016 was $27.36, resulting in a yearly salary of $56,908 (Source: EMSI).

CNC Toolmaking Gainful Employment InfoCNC Toolmaking Diploma

Manufacturing is making a comeback across the nation, and so is the demand for skilled CNC toolmakers and machinists. CNC toolmaking is an advanced way of shaping metal with precision and a high-quality attitude. If you enjoy working with metals and other hard materials like plastic to produce precision parts and tools, you should consider our CNC Toolmaking program.

The CNC Toolmaking Diploma program at Saint Paul College trains students in a hands-on manner which combines manual skills with advanced machining abilities. From day one on, you'll learn to use basic tools such as drills, mills and grinders. As you move on with your training, you will operate CNC mills, CNC lathes, and CNC Wire Feeds in our state-of-the-art machine shop. Companies use these tools and machines to manufacture parts and components for a variety of industries.

Our instructors also support you to become a well-rounded machinist who understands how to read a blueprint, how to write machining code, and how to design complex parts. Our students frequently work together in teams where they collaborate in the design and programming process to make sure that parts turn out how they should.

After a year and a half (3 semesters), graduates of the CNC Toolmaking Diploma program are ready for a promising career in the manufacturing industry as machinists, CNC programmers, and toolmakers.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN

Special Supplies and Tool Costs
Students should expect to spend approximately $1300.00 beyond the cost of tuition, fees, and books, for tools. A detailed list with a cost breakdown is available from the advisor.

​Additional Recommendations
CNC Toolmaking is a demanding trade due to the complexity of machinery and customer parts. Students therefore should have good work habits, mechanical aptitude, and strong math skills.

Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. 

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​​CNC Toolmaking Diploma

  • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​​
CNC Toolmaking

Our CNC Toolmaking program provides you with an advanced skillset that you can build on. You will be able to:

  • Design and interpret blueprints
  • Understand how to plan a project effectively
  • Apply your CNC programming skills to create program code to operate CNC machines
  • Set up a CNC machine and load the program into the machine's control
  • Prepare tooling/work offsets
  • Inspect the quality of the parts you've manufactured​


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