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CNC Setup Technician

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Degree Type
20-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
1 year

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus

CNC setup technicians read blueprint drawings and convert them to machine code. They operate machines that produce precision parts used in numerous products for various industries. In this program, learn how to interpret prints and make parts to accepted tolerances, and develop skills to program computer numerical control machines.

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

If you have an interest in manufacturing and enjoy taking raw materials and transforming them into specific parts, a career as a computer numerical control (CNC) technician may be for you. Those in this field have a high mechanical aptitude, like working with their hands, and have the ability to interpret prints.

  • CNC Setup Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Operator
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$30,700 – $45,900 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Develop skills in WCTC’s state-of-the-art Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC).
  2. Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an award-winning SkillsUSA team.
  3. This is the first program in the Tool and Die pathway. Advance your career by continuing with the Machine Tool Operation technical diploma.

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