CNC Machine Training – Top Courses Online and Physical Locations

CNC Machine Training – Top Courses Online and Physical Locations

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Are you looking for the best cnc machine training courses? Want to be come the ultimate cnc operator?

Well look no further than out MASSIVE breakdown on all the different online cnc training schools as well as cnc machine operator training in a physical location. Here we go:

Breakdown will be for USA, Canada, and the UK.


Cuyahoga Community College

Tri-C offers cnc operator training for the new and the experience cnc personnel. They have a ton of different courses from cnc fundamentals to advanced mill and lathe techniques. There are also courses in MasterCAM too.

City Colleges of Chicago – Wibur Wright

Check out their advanced certificate in cnc – which goes from basic principles to advanced cad/cam and cnc programming training.

This program incorporates some engineering subjects like machine shop technology, math and even an internship which is invaluable for getting some hands on experience. Definitely take a looks here if you are looking for cnc training in Chicago.

Los Angeles Trade-Tech

Los Angeles Trade-Tech (LATTC) has some solid options for a cnc training school. For machine shop cnc, you can get an Associate of Science Degree or a Certificate of Accomplishment

For their adjunt machine shop cnc courses, a certificate of accomplishment as well as an S.M.E. (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) LATTC Chapterment.

LATTC has a massive workshop full of both cnc lathes and machines. Check them out if you are over in the West coast of the U.S.

University of Texas, Arlington

University of Texas, Arlington has a basic cnc programming certificate for those who want basic cnc programming skills alongside their cnc lathe training or router knowledge. This course covers lathes as well as mills.

Akron cnc training center

Akron cnc training center is great for people looking for cnc training in Ohio. They have a bit of an old-school website, so its best to just call them or email them for information on start dates etc.


Institute of Machine Tool Technology

IMTT has both a certificate and diploma program to become a successful cnc machine tool operator and programmer. Each course is 21 and 42 weeks respectively.

The certificate program teaches Mastercam as well as multi-axis programming, Autocad (I love Autocad!) and a ton of cnc tooling, milling, programming and turning work.

Their 42 week program is a longer program, but also suited for beginners too. You don’t have to do the certificate first before doing the diploma. The physical location offers day and evening classes in Mississauga, Ontario.

College of New Caledonia

Based in BC, Canada – the College of New Caledonia offers continuing education cnc classes.

Metro College of Technology

These guys offer cnc and MasterCAM technology training courses so you can become an amazing cnc operator. Their cnc machinist training courses involve learning Autocad 2d, cad design and both cnc router and lathe usage among other things.

Canadore College

Check out their CNC/MasterCAM program. You can get a machinist mechanical diploma here, which offers hands-on cnc machinist training.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has a great program for cnc machining training. They have a massive 30,000 square foot shop with state of the art equipment that includes cnc machines and top notch cad software for learning cad/cam as well as operator responsibilities.

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Their website is pretty cool and boasts a 100% grad employment rate with a median starting salary of $40,000. I like the transparency in stats, especially given how easy it is to jump on a pay scale comparison site like

United Kingdom

CNC Training Academy (Mill’s CNC)

Established in 2010 – these guys do some great cnc training courses based in a physical location at Mills CNC’s facility in Leamington. They have a whole bunch of courses here – to name a few: Siemens, Fanuc, Heidenhain and their cnc operator training/ maintenance courses. There is definitely solid variety here for the beginner to the expert.


Bridgewater offers college level cnc training courses in engineering (cnc production) up to a diploma level that are worth a look.

British Woodworking Federation

Provided by SGM Group (UK) Ltd. and based out in Nottingham, this is an interesting opportunity for cnc programmer training for apprentices and experienced workers. The course is only available to members of the BWT/WITTorum.

There is a beginner and an advanced course to suit different experience levels. This cnc mill training course encompasses  a good selection of cnc skills necessary, such as programming, use of guides and off-sets, AutoCAD and file management/ prep for cnc and translation to G-code. Best thing about this course: It’s 100% free! (some terms are involved, so check’em out for more details).

Also check out our recommended cnc books section to help supplement the cnc machine training school you might choose to pursue. Good luck on becoming a great cnc operator!

What other courses do you recommend?

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