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2022-23 RCC Catalog

2022-2023 Applied Technology Pathway
Applied Technology guided pathway at RCC

Manufacturing/ Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator

Career Pathway Certificate

About the Program

This Career Pathways two-term certificate integrates conventional manufacturing techniques with computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing skills. This training is the entry point in the Manufacturing Career Pathway leading to the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician program and to a valuable career in the manufacturing engineering technology field. In addition to technical training, students receive a solid foundation in mathematics and computer skills. Graduates typically enter the workforce as computer numerical control (CNC) operators. With additional on-the-job experience and continued education, students can transition into CNC programming and quality control inspection.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Career Pathway Certificate are:

  • Set up and operate manual machines to produce parts to specification.
  • Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.
    Follow, develop, and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards to protect personnel and equipment.
  • Set-up and operate CNC mills.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over four years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. Official transcripts must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office and the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathway Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.


Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments




or designated placement score


College Reading


or designated placement score, WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90


Fundamentals of Composition


or designated placement score, WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90


Concepts in Computing I 1

Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 0-14



Term 1
      Check in with Advisor



Mechanical Drafting




Blueprint Reading: Mechanical








Manufacturing Processes I




Applied Algebra I


or higher-level math course


Mechanical Fabrication




Term Credits: 19



Term 2


Computer Aided Drafting I: Mechanical (SolidWorks)




Manufacturing Processes II




CNC Controls




Introduction to Expository Writing


or higher-level composition course


Term Credits: 12



1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department.

Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/manufacturing
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

2022-23 RCC Catalog