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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Learn precision skills that lead to employment.


In the MSC Southeast CNC Machine Tool program, you’ll learn the precision skills of CNC operations on state-of-the-art equipment. We offer the training and education you'll need for a rewarding career in the field of precision manufacturing.

Our program has a strong emphasis on CNC operation, programming, and 3D modeling. You will learn to produce a CAD 3D model, program a CNC machine with your model, and machine the part on a cutting edge CNC machine. Our new advanced manufacturing lab is equipped with 10 CNC machines, including two 2019 Hurco vertical mills, two 2019 Doosan lathes, and one 2020 Haas toolroom mill.

The curriculum at MSC Southeast is based on the philosophy that hands-on is the best way to learn CNC operations and programming.

Degrees in

CNC Machine Tool DIP

The 2-year, 59-credit diploma in CNC Machine Tool includes intensive coursework in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Precision measuring and gauging
  • Setup, operation, and troubleshooting both computer and manual machines
  • Manufacturing components to specifications
  • Completing inspection reports on all components

Precision Machining DIP

With a diploma in Precision Machining, in just one year, you'll be ready to enter the workforce with valuable skills right away!

We emphasize learning the basic skills in machining technology and progressing to the development of advanced CNC machining and programming skills.

Machining Right Skills Now CERT

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.

Machining Basics CERT

You can complete a 13-credit certificate in Machining Basics in just one semester:

With the Machining Basics certificate in hand, you'll be ready to enter the workforce with valuable skills right away!

Engineering and CNC CERT

In the 11-credit Engineering and CNC certificate, you will become familiar with what can be done with both manual and computer-aided machine tools. You'll be able to interpret industry drawings and sketches and learn basic CAD programming and CAM 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.

Careers in

Micro Machining

Medical Machining




CNC Machinist

Production Machinist

General Machinist

Minnesota State College Southeast placement rate: 100%

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At Minnesota State College Southeast, you can choose your own path, whether it's hands-on training for a new career or taking transfer-level classes to begin a bachelor’s degree. Apply now so you will be ready to build the future you've always wanted!

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WINONA CAMPUS | 1250 Homer Road | Winona, MN 55987
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Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.


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