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CNC Machining

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CNC machines are radically changing the future of manufacturing. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Technicians use computerized mills, lathes, grinders and drill presses to produce the complex, 3-D structures needed across industry. South’s intensive nine-month program provides the skills to enter and move up in this exciting field!

Employers recruit from South’s Georgetown Campus every quarter, seeking candidates eager to work and learn. Our weekend program conveniently dovetails with work shifts, allowing students to complete their certificates while working fulltime. Machining skills are offered side by side with shop math in a hands-on, supportive environment that encourages critical thinking and problem-solving.

General Information

The CNC Machining program class schedule is Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The entirety of the CNC Machining program is 60 college credits over the course of nine months To learn more about what students are studying – reference our course sequence below!

To learn more out more about the program and orientation information, please contact

The CNC Machining program is held at our Georgetown Campus in Building A. Our address is:

South Seattle College - Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave South
Building A, Room 122
Seattle, WA 98108

Getting Started

Step 1: Apply to South Seattle College

Fill out the online Admissions Application to become a South student and receive your official Student Identification Number (SID). It’s fast and free!

Step 2: Register for Classes

To enroll in classes, students have three options.

Option 1: Our open houses at the Georgetown Campus allow students to tour the program space and meet their instructor. Open Houses also give prospective students the opportunity to register for their classes. Open Houses are located at South’s Georgetown Campus in Building A, Room 122. Parking permits will be available. Parking permits will be available.

Open Houses will be offered on the following dates:

  • August 10, 2 – 3pm
  • August 24, 2 – 3pm
  • September 7, 2 – 3pm
  • September 21, 2 – 3pm

Option 2: Contact our Program Navigator at or 206-934-5804 to schedule an appointment to register for courses!

Option 3: Students are welcome to attend a Professional & Technical Information Session on South Seattle College’s main campus. These sessions offer perspective students the opportunity to receive more information about the program, potential funding options, and register for their classes.

Step 3: Plan Your Funding

If you have not determined funding prior to beginning the CNC program, please plan to attend a Start Next Quarter (SNQ) funding workshop to ensure funding is in place (or at least started) before the program starts. This workshop helps students get as much tuition covered as possible. Please go to to learn more.

Course Sequence

First Quarter:

MFGT 105 – Basic Manufacturing (20 credits)
This class will cover conventional machining, basic blueprint reading, math, health and safety, and an introduction to CNC machining. Additionally, the class is designed to provide students with fundamental basic skills needed in manufacturing by introducing general concepts including technology sectors, team concepts, team development, and problem solving.

Second Quarter:

MFGT 106 – Intermediate Manufacturing (20 credits)
This is the second class of a three-quarter CNC Machine Operator Certificate program. This class will cover Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance, applied math skills including geometry and trigonometry, and CNC Machine programming, set-up, and operation.

Third Quarter:

MFGT 120 – Advanced Manufacturing (20 (20 credits)
This course is designed to prepare individuals as CNC Machinists. Instruction covers advanced programming, set-up and operation of CNC machining and turning centers, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, trigonometry, machine tool theory, statistical process control.

Additional Resources

WorkSource: Provides services to aid in your employment search, including job postings, employment assistance, workshops, career counseling, program opportunities and resources and hiring events

Workforce Education: Assists students entering or reentering the workforce through career training, financial aid assistance, job placement assistance and academic planning.


Please contact Mary Lockman, Program Navigator at (206) 934-5804


For international student inquiries, please contact the Center for International Education.