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CNC Machinist – Certificate


CNC Machinist

Certificate of Achievement

The CNC Machinist certificate program offers an introduction to basic CNC lathe operation, proper machine safety, and fundamental machining processes. Machinists need to have a full understanding of their machine and this certificate program will provide the necessary information to become a CNC machinist.

What You Can Do

Upon completion of the CNC Machine Certificate program, students may find employment as a machine tool operator/programmer, lather operator, or mill operator, and an opportunity to start at a higher level in the workforce with quick advancement within a company. Beginning salaries are comparable to other technical careers with many opportunities for advancement.


  • CNC Machinist
  • Lather Operator
  • Mill Operator
  • General Machinist

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook at Machinists and Tool and Die Makers: Occupational Outlook Handbook:: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

MAC 2014


ORI 100College 1011
ELT 102Basic Electricity and Wiring4
IDM 210Hydraulics and Pneumatics3
WEL 115Metallurgy2
MAC 200Machine Tool Laboratory4
MFT 103Industrial Robots and PLC’s3


IDM 120Safety and Enviornmental Management2
MAC 154Introduction to CNC2
MAC 159CAM Operations2
MAC 180Blueprint Reading3
MFT 201PLC Manufacturing Systems3
WEL 124GTAW (TIG) Welding I3

Total Hours for Degree32

The CNC Machinist Certificate is a minimum of 32 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools. Official John A. Logan Bookstore Apparel, Merchandise & Gifts

All students registered for this program will be required to furnish a basic tool set. Note that cost will vary between different suppliers. The set will need to include the following:

  • Combination square (recommend: Starrett, Mitutoyo or Fowler)
  • Micrometer set 1” & 2” (recommend: Starrett, Mitutoyo or Fowler) optional
  • 6” dial calipers (recommend: Starrett, Mitutoyo or Fowler)
  • Carbide tipped scribe
  • Steel toed work boots/shoes
  • Safety glasses with side shields
  • 6” flexible rule
  • Shop apron
  • Ball end Allen wrench set (standard and metric)
  • Red lead pencil, grease pencil, and fine tip Sharpie
  • Tool box
  • 25’ tape measure
  • Blue jeans (100% cotton)
  • Long sleeve shirt (100% cotton)
  • Leather welding gloves
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Composition notebook (qty 2)
  • 3 ring binder with 1 package of tab dividers
  • Scientific calculator (TI30XA or equivalent) no programmable calculators
  • Digital multi-meter (DMM) must measure volts, ohms, and milli-amps
  • Replacement fuses for meter
  • 15 amp fuses (qty 4)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Lineman’s pliers
  • Cable stripper
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • ¼” standard screwdriver

John A Logan College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on programs with specialized accreditations please visit Programs with Specialized Accreditations – John A. Logan College (

John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

Transfer Planning – John A. Logan College (

  1. Machine Tool Operation: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in operating various types of machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and grinders, following industry safety standards and best practices.
  2. Precision Measurement: Graduates will be skilled in using precision measurement instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, gauges, and indicators, to accurately measure and inspect machined components.
  3. Manufacturing Processes: Graduates will understand the broader context of manufacturing processes, including material handling, assembly, and production flow within a manufacturing environment.
  4. Quality Control: Graduates will apply quality control principles to inspect and validate machined components, ensuring they meet specified tolerances and quality standards.
  5. Machining Safety: Graduates will prioritize workplace safety by adhering to safety protocols, including proper machine operation, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and hazard identification.

CNC Machinist Faculty Contact

Rob Craig

Associate Professor of Electronics

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8587
Office: G104A