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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Engineering and CNC - Certificate

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

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 MSC 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.

By earning the 11-credit Engineering and CNC certificate, you will:

  • Become familiar with what can be done with both manual and computer-aided machine tools
  • Gain skills to interpret drawings and sketches that would be used in industry
  • Learn basic CAD (computer aided design) programming and CAM (computer aided machining) processes

With the Engineering and CNC certificate in hand, you'll be ready to enter the workforce with basic skills right away -- or continue your education with valuable hands-on engineering and machine shop experience.

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

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

0 crs
Print Reading
This course will give students an understanding of basic mechanical drawing principles. Topics include the alphabet of lines, arrangement of views, orthographic projections, scaling, dimensioning, tolerancing, and symbols. Students will read and interpret mechanical drawings. (Prerequisite: 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
CNC Operations 1
This course will familiarize the student with CNC machining and set up. Students will set up and run programs on a CNC lathe and a CNC mill. (Prerequisite: None) (2 Credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
CNC Operations 2
This course will familiarize the student with CNC machining and set up. Students will write programs and run programs on the various machines on the shop floor. (Prerequisite: None)(2 Credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
Introduction to CAD/CAM + 3D Printing
This course will familiarize the student with computer aided drafting, computer aided machining and 3D printing. Students will learn the design drafting process of the CAD computer program. Students will learn the Computer Aided Machining (CAM) process of the software to produce Machining Tool paths and to write G-code programs. Students will learn how to import CAD models into 3D printing slicing software and how to print the model. This course can be taken as an elective to other programs, or as a mid-year start for the CNC Machine Tool program. (Prerequisite: none) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
11 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 11 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$2,919
Minimum Tool Cost:$50
Estimated Total:$3,269


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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