Combine your love for programming and machining in this one-year program.

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CNC Setup Technician
Program Number: 304204
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
23 Credits | Finish diploma in 2 semesters
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  • Program Overview

    As a CNC Setup Technician student, you will:

    • Gain skill sets that prepare you for careers in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operation and CNC programming.
    • Learn Basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).
    • Acquire skills in basic machining such as milling, manual lathes, and drill presses.
    • Learn blueprint reading, measurement, quality control, precision, and repair machining.
    • Gain knowledge and skills necessary to build and inspect machined parts.
    • Get hands-on training in a high-tech work environment.
    • Practice problem solve, team work, math, communication, and computers.
    • Prepares students for employment in the machining and metalworking industries.
    • Build skills needed to become a skilled craftsman.

    Program Details

    Students in Madison College's CNC Setup Technician program can attend full or part time.

    CNC Setup Technician classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.


    CNC Setup Technician degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of CNC including:

    • CNC Machinist
    • Machine Operator
    • CNC Operator
    • CNC Setup Technician
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your CNC Setup Technician career.

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  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the CNC Setup Technician program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
    • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
    • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
    • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
    • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools


Ready to take the next step?
If you are interested in seeking an associate degree, diploma or certificate, your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply!
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Madison Truax Campus
Main Building, A2105

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

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