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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Machining Right Skills Now - Certificate

Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: CNC Machine Tool
Campus(es): Winona

In the Minnesota State College Southeast CNC Machine Tool program, you'll learn the precision skills of the tool and die maker on state-of-the-art equipment.

The CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Machine Tool program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona offers the training and education you'll need to start a rewarding career in the field of precision computerized machining and manufacturing.

Our program is based on the philosophy that hands-on is the best way to learn machining and die making. The CNC Machine Tool program teaches the high level of technically advanced machining that modern industry requires.

You can complete all of the coursework in the 17-credit Machining Right Skills Now certificate in just one semester.

  • Starting with the fundamental elements of basic machine shop theory, you will get hands-on experience in setup, operation, and troubleshooting both computer and manual machine types.
  • You'll also learn how to work with engineering drawings and use precision measuring and gauging tools.

This certificate includes a required internship in a local manufacturing setting. The internship must be a paid position for the required minimum of 192 hours.

With the Machining Right Skills Now certificate, you'll be ready to enter the workforce with valuable skills right away!

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Manufacturing Production Process Development

Download the Program Plan


1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
2 crs
Introduction to Precision Machining
This course covers the fundamental elements of basic machine shop theory that would be applied to shop applications. Students taking the course will be able to apply skills learned in the classroom to the lab where they will have hands on experience on basic machine shop equipment. Topics of study include safety, measuring parts to print, proper set up, speeds & feeds, and cutting tool usage. (Prerequisites: None) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
Engineering Drawings 1
This course covers the fundamentals of basic blueprint reading. The student will learn skills to interpret blueprint and sketches that would be used in industry. Topics of study will be sketching, dimensioning, line interpretation, section views, tolerance, and working drawings. (Prerequisites: None) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Precision Measuring and Gauging
This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of typical measuring tools used in the Machining profession. Students will learn various measuring techniques used in the manufacture of machined parts. (Prerequisites: None) (2 Credits: 2 lecture)

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2 cr
Precision Machining Processes
This course will familiarize the student with what can be done with both manual machine tools and computer aided machine tools used in the manufacturing process. The student will have hands on experience with manual and computer type machines. Topics of study include setup, operation, and troubleshooting on both machine types. Safety, measuring parts to print, proper set up, speeds & feeds, and cutting tool usage, manual programming of CNC machines will also be covered. (Prerequisites: MACH1601 [or taken concurrently]) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
The Internship is a required course for the "Right Skills Now" certificate of the CNC Machine Tool program. The internship must be a paid position for the required minimum of 192 hours, and is only available in the spring semester each school year. A student wishing to apply for Internship must meet with the Advisor/Faculty who is assigned to the Internship course administration to verify the student GPA and Attendance qualifications have been met. The student is responsible for securing an Internship Agreement with a local manufacturing company. The Faculty may assist with references to companies that are willing to sponsor an internship student. Credits: 4 Credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/ 4 cr OJT (On-the-Job-Training) the credits qualify toward Financial aid eligibility.

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4 cr
15 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 17 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,308
Minimum Tool Cost:$300
Estimated Total:$3,858


Career Opportunities

  • Micro Machining
  • Medical Machining
  • Moldmaker
  • Diemaker
  • Toolmaker
  • CNC Machinist
  • Production Machinist
  • General Machinist

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Be employable at entry level machining jobs in related fields.
  2. Use the basic skill and knowledge of machine shop operations in manual and CNC machining to produce parts to blueprint specifications.
  3. Demonstrate safe work habits.
  4. Clearly communicate through verbal and written skills.
  5. Use the math and computer skills necessary in the machine trades.


  • Train on state-of-the-art equipment in our new Advanced Manufacturing Lab
  • 20+ stations of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) programming software available for student training
  • 70% of coursework is hands-on
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines offers wire electrical discharge machining (edm), turning and milling technology
  • Focus is on keeping up with the technology used in industry
  • Employment opportunities are abundant locally as well as regionally


Richard Hengel
CNC Machine Tool instructor Rick Hengel comes to Minnesota State College Southeast with 34 years of experience in industry and 14 years of experience in management and supervision. He has been involved with the CNC Machine Tool Technology advisory committee for more than 10 years. He assisted in designing the curriculum and launching the certificate in Prototype Engineering for high school students, which he began teaching in 2017.
Roger Holland
Roger Holland graduated in 1976 from the Winona Area Technical Institute (now Minnesota State College Southeast) Tool and Die Program, now known as CNC Machine Tool. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Design from Western Wisconsin Technical College and a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. Roger's experience includes: Tool & Die Maker, CNC programmer, Drafting & Design Technician and Training & Education Coordinator for Trane Air Conditioning Company, La Crosse, WI.




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