Machinist Technology/CNC - Training Program
Start your career in the Machinist/CNC field

Career training for a job as a machinist

In this hands-on job training program for machinists, you’ll get the skills and training you need for a job as a machinist, milling machine or lathe operator. Learn how to read blueprints, operate saws, grinders, lathes and precision measuring instruments. You’ll put theories into practice as you perform a variety of hands-on projects- just like in a real job. In addition to shop-related math and vocational English, you’ll learn how to program a CAD-CAM system – a program used in manufacturing to design and create machined parts – as well as CNC operations and basic program codes. Once you graduate, we’ll help you find work as a machinist.


What you’ll learn in the Machinist/CNC job training program:

  • Shop Safety
  • Applied Mathematics/English in a Machinist Technology/CNC Context
  • Blue Print Reading
  • Precision Measurement Instruments
  • Tool Crib Organization
  • Saws and Grinders
  • Milling Machine
  • Lathe
  • CNC Basic Operations and Programming
  • Basic Computers
  • Customer Service
  • Job preparation, including interview and resume skills

Say yes to CET Machinist Technology/CNC!

New career in 8-9 months?* yes!
Job Placement Assistance? yes!
Support Services? yes!
Financial Aid Assistance for those who qualify? yes!
Tools, books and uniforms included in tuition**? yes!

*Average program length based on attendance ** Subject to change without notice.


FAQ about the Machinist/CNC job training program:

Where do the Machinist/CNC job training classes take place?
Train to be a machinist at CET’s campus in Colton, CA. In addition to the classroom learning, you’ll have access to a full working lab with conventional machining equipment such as mills, lathes, grinders, drill presses and saws for hands-on learning.
How long does it take to finish the machinist job training program?
With 30 hours a week of attendance, students usually finish the 900 hour program in 8-9 months.
When does the next Machinist/CNC class start?
Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
After taking the machinist job training program, what types of jobs can I find?
When you are trained as a machinist, you’re qualified for a variety of jobs in the machinist/CNC field, including:
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine tool operator
  • Lathe and turning machine tool setter, operator and tender
  • Machine tool setter, operator and tender
  • Machinist
  • Machine Tool Technician
  • Milling and planning machine setter, operator and tender
How soon after graduation will I start working as a machinist?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the machinist field has a higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for machinists where you live, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as a machinist?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as machinists. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live, the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much machinists earn in your region, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” Wages & Employment Trends* For Machinists
Median wages 2017 $20.48 hourly, $42,600 annual
Employment 2016 396,00 employees
Projected job openings 2016-2026 40,700

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to

How much does it cost and how can I pay for this machinist/ CNC job training program?
It costs $14,249, including books, project supplies and tools. If you qualify for financial aid, payments can be as low as $50 per month.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process
How big are the machinist classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any certificates needed by employers?
The Machinist Technology/CNC certifies to an employer that you are ready for an entry level position in the Machinist Technology/CNC industry.
What do I need to get started with the CNC job training program? Are there any high school math classes I need to get started?
No. CET’s machinist school will provide you with basic skills instruction that includes vocational English and math. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for Machinist/CNC in my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets.*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. The Machinist/CNC job training program is offered at the following locations:

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.