August 15, 2019 Tara Jo Holmberg

Manufacturing Design Certificate

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NCCC’s Manufacturing Design Certificate prepares students to operate, program, and set-up typical CNC milling/turning machines, as well as design parts in 3-dimensional software.

This certificate can be paired with other manufacturing certificates and NCCC’s Technology Studies – Manufacturing Option Associates Degree. Students are eligible to obtain several National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials as part of this certificate.


Sharon Gusky, sgusky@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6395
Doug Mooney, dmooney@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6401


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to interpret basic OSHA requirements, MSDS information, and general shop safety;/li>
  2. Identify a router / job sheet and interpret information as needed to operate a CNC machine;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read basic part prints as it relates to gauging, dimensioning, and tolerancing;
  4. Safely power up, locate and load a program, home, and shut down a CNC machine;
  5. Operate a number of different program types on a CNC machine;
  6. Complete solid models, and associated detail and assembly drawings in SolidWorks.


MFG* 156 Manufacturing Machinery: CNC I – 2 credits

MFG* 258 Manufacturing Machiner: CNC Operations – 3 credits
CAD* 220 3D Parametric Design (SolidWorks) – 3 credits

Total Credits 8