CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program

All programs have been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

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HS diploma not required to enter the program.

What is Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology?

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology are both machining processes commonly used in manufacturing. To be specific, Computer Numeric Control is a method for automating a tool’s behavior (or process) through the use of software instructions. CNC is considered superior to manual machining due to the precision, complexity and repeatability of a computer-programmed machine. This method of manufacturing is commonly used in the development of things like metals and plastics.

Similarly, Robotic Manufacturing involves the programming of a machine to complete a given task. However, unlike CNC, which involves one machine doing one task repeatedly, robotic manufacturing entails one machine achieving many tasks with a different performance for each. One of the best examples of this type of robotic manufacturing is the automobile industry where robots are used to weld, paint and place parts in the car.

What Career Options are Available in CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology?

CNC is a great career and careers are on the rise in Illinois. Typically, individuals that enter CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology start as entry-level CNC Programmers. Some alternatively choose a career path as a CNC Machinist or as an Assembler.

CNC Programmers, named for the CNC controlled machines they develop, design software that directly governs CNC machines to cut and shape metal or plastics.

CNC Machinists set up, operate, inspect, report and take down machinery like grinders used in manufacturing. Machinists may work with CNC machines as well as manual and automatic machines.

Assemblers primarily work in the manufacturing industry and use specialized tools to put together parts or whole products. Assemblers work on a variety of complex parts for aircraft, electronics or engines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic in Illinois are expected to increase 20% between 2016 and 2026.1

How do I Start a CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Program?

One of the best ways to get a leg up in CNC and Robotic Manufacturing Technology is through a degree program. At Rockford Career College, the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program includes instruction in CNC terminology, set-up, programming, operations and troubleshooting; blueprint reading; machining; lathe and mill operations; technical mathematics; computer literacy; CAD/CAM systems; shop and safety practices; and equipment capabilities; and regulations and laws.

Before completion of the program, students are prepared for the opportunity to complete testing for certification in the field of manufacturing technology. Our program is led by instructors who have worked or are still working in the industry. Our program incorporates real-world problem-solving, so you could be job-ready upon graduation.

Len Gallagher, from JobSmart Employment Services, Inc., says: “Rockford manufacturing has been revived, but there is now a shortage of well-trained CNC machinists. RCC is working hard to prepare qualified candidates. I believe they have crafted an excellent program and Jobsmart will continue to coordinate search efforts with them.”

Why Choose Our College?

For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months

100% of the program is on campus.
After you complete the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Robotic Manufacturing Technology Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Construction Management Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.

Reference:, retrieved 5/5/2020


This trades program includes courses in blueprint reading, manufacturing occupations, basic machining, metallurgy, metrology techniques, mechanical design, CNC/CAD, fixture design, lean manufacturing, material management, robotics and cellular manufacturing. The program is completed with a capstone project demonstrating the student’s abilities.

CNC and robotic manufacturing operators run computer-controlled machines or robots to perform manufacturing, assembly or other functions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic in Illinois are expected to increase 20% between 2016 and 2026.1, retrieved 5/5/2020

Rockford, IL