Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students enrolled in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology associates degree or certificate program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to:

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Precision measurement
  • Welding
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Logical problem solving
  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Architects, Except Landscape 
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Engineers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Purchasing Managers

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters
  • Boilermakers
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers
  • Drafters, All Other
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
  • Machinists
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Millwrights
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters
  • Power Plant Operators
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Chemical Equipment Operators 
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
  • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 
  • Machine Setters
  • Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • Mechanical Door Repairers
  • Medical Equipment Repairers
  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators 
  • Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 
  • Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters  
  • Helpers--Production Workers
  • Sawing Machine Setters, Operators
  • Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
  • Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 
  • Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.