2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Program: Machining Technology
Title: CNC Mill and Lathe Operator Occupational Skills Award

(Occupational Skills Award)

Richland campus only


  • Students pursuing this award program are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: OSA.CNC.MIL/LAT

This is an accelerated, stand-alone two-semester operator occupational skills award. The skills award will help students get into the workforce faster in a specific part of the machining field.

The CNC Mill and CNC Lathe Operator Occupational Skills Award incorporates introductory manufacturing processes and skills, providing hands-on experiences emphasizing computer numerical control (CNC) setup, operation, and code modification. The skills award learning outcomes align with industry-recognized proficiencies that qualify a graduate to apply for entry-level positions requiring CNC Mill and CNC Lathe operator and setup skill sets.

Hands-on training is provided in a high-tech work environment promoting proficiency in:

  • Blueprint reading.
  • Conventional machining: Manual milling, manual lathes, drill presses.
  • Machine Setup: CNC Mill, CNC Lathe.
  • N/C programming.
  • Working in Teams to solve manufacturing problems collaborating with other members of the team.
  • Precision inspection of machined parts.
  • Prepares students for employment in the machining and metalworking industries.
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MCHN 1200 Beginning Machine Shop 2
MCHN 1320 Precision Tools and Measurement 3
Semester Total 5
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MCHN 1338 Basic Machine Shop 1 3
MCHN 2331 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 3
MCHN 2334 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 14

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.