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Credentials You Can Earn

NGTC's Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technology program teaches the technical and professional skills necessary to program and operate advanced machining equipment. Beginning students learn hand-operation techniques before advancing to the use of design software and CNC machines. CNC graduates are in high demand, as are graduates from related advanced programs such as Tool and Die Specialist or Applied Technical Management.


Applied Technical Management Degree

The AAS in Applied Technical Management allows a student to complete a diploma in a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) program area and to continue to this degree. In addition to the skills and knowledge obtained in the diploma, the student will obtain degree-level general education knowledge and business-related skills and knowledge. Graduates of the program receive a Applied Technical Management Associate of Applied Science Degree.


CNC Technology Diploma

The CNC Technology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) technology field. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of CNC theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a CNC Technology diploma and have the qualification of a CNC technician.


NGTC‘s CNC program offers 4 certificates for those who want to specialize in a particular area or to refresh the skills they may already have:

  • CNC Specialist Certificate:  The CNC Specialist certificate program provides training for graduates to gain employment as CNC machine tool technicians. Topics include CNC fundamentals, mill and lathe manual programming, CNC practical applications, and CAD/CAM programming. The program emphasizes a combination of CNC theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.
  • Lathe Operator Certificate:  The Lathe Operator certificate program prepares students to use lathes, lathe set up, and lathe tool grinding. Emphasis is placed on cutting threads, boring holes to precise measurements, and cutting tapers. Topics include an introduction to machine tool technology, blueprint reading for machine tool, and basic and advanced lathe operations.
  • Mill Operator Certificate:  The Mill Operator certificate program prepares students to effectively operate milling machinery. Students become proficient in blueprint reading, general mathematical operations, and are provided the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain employment as a milling machinist.
  • Tool and Die Specialist Certificate:  The Tool and Die Specialist certificate program provides students advanced study in machine tool technology to prepare students to become tool and die specialists. Program objectives are to provide a sequence of advanced courses in the area of Tool and Die and to provide advanced training for employees in the machine tool industry.

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Career Opportunities

Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s CNC/Machining program can hit the shop floor running if they choose to become:

  • CNC Specialist
  • Lathe Operator
  • Mill Operator
  • Tool and Die Specialist

Graduates of the CNC/Machining program may work in a variety of areas including:

  • Machine Shops
  • Toolrooms
  • Factories

There are many employment fields that require skills similar to those required to be a CNC Machinist, such as:

  • Welder
  • Cutter
  • Solderer

Additional career options can be researched on the following site(s):

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Shannon Gary

A graduate of Habersham Central High School, Shannon took all of the programs of study in the machining program at NGTC and then opened his own business, Gary’s Machine Tool & Die in Cornelia.  In 2004, he began teaching at the college. He is certified in Mastercam Training and ITI Phase 1 Training, and has worked for companies such as Hettich Manufacturing, Peachtree Tooling, and Southland CNC.  Contact:

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Derrick Hogan

Derrick Hogan is a graduate of North Georgia Tech. He completed the Machine Tool Technology program in 1993 and received his Associate degree in Technical Studies in 2010. Derrick was able to gain real world experience in tool and die and machining support through his employment with K&D Tooling and CRM Fabrication in Hall County.  Contact: