Course Detail: MFG123 - Fundamentals of CNC Machining Certificate

The demand for qualified CNC operators is growing quickly in northeast Indiana.

To meet this demand, Purdue University Fort Wayne developed the Fundamentals of CNC Machining Certificate program.

Gain a working knowledge of basic machining practices as well as a knowledge of CNC code that will allow you to write programs and make program edits rather than just loading a part and hitting the start button. Upon completion of this certificate, you will become more versatile and more valuable to a prospective employer and you will obtain a new skill set to build on as you continue to grow in your career.

Prerequisite: Interest in beginning knowledge of conventional machinery. Students must be 18 years or older to attend.

This program is designed for shop owners and industrial workers needing more familiarity with CNC machining, engineers needing a more complete understanding of shop floor practices and calculations, and CNC operators who need a better understanding of the components and execution of a CNC program.

Section 1:  Beginning Machining (5 sessions)

In the first sessions, participants will focus on machine shop safety and discussion will center on proper usage and care of conventional machinery. Participants will learn about the use of measuring tools used in the machine shop, including simple but defining projects using horizontal and vertical bandsaws, manual lathes, mills, drilling, and tapping. Participants will also practice defining feed and speed, as well as how to arrive at the proper thought process to achieve accurate cutting conditions. Light descriptions of tooling and their uses and chip formation will be covered. 


  • Metal cutting (sawing horizontal/vertical) 
  • Manual lathe and mill operation 
  • Shop measuring practices 
  • Tool geometry and uses 

Section 2:  Basic CNC Lathe Programming and Machining (5 sessions)

Upon learning the fundamentals of a machine shop, participants will learn about tooling, how to setup tool and work offsets and what they mean to a program, along with beginning to form a functional CNC lathe program based off the Fanuc programming lathe as it relates to Haas machine tools. 

  • CNC lathe tooling 
  • CNC lathe work and tool off
  • sets CNC lathe programming basics 
  • Lathe G and M code

Section 3:  Basic CNC Mill Programming and Machining (5 sessions)

These sessions will cover the basics of 3-axis mill programming and builds off the skills learned in the CNC lathe sessions. Participants will learn how offsets work and how that changes the way the machine is programmed. This section also includes Fanuc programming as it relates to Haas machine tools. 

  • CNC mill tooling 
  • CNC mill work and tool offsets 
  • CNC mill programming basics 
  • Mill G and M code 
  • Canned cycles

 Session Information: 25SMFG123

Schedule: Saturdays, January 4 - April 12 (15 sessions)
Times: 08:00am-12:00pm EST
Registration Fee (Registration Deadline 12/20/24) : $1350.00


Name Additional Resources
Jason Moyer
Jason Davis

Facility Detail

Purdue Fort Wayne Campus
Engineering, Technology & Computer Science Bldg. CNC Lab 137
2101 E Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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