Dunwoody Right Skills Now For Manufacturing

The Right Skills Now for Manufacturing certificate is designed to fast-track your career in the high-skill, high-demand field of CNC operators.

Learn the basic principles of metal-cutting and milling technology while completing hands-on projects on both manual and CNC (computer numeric controlled) machines.

Upon graduation, you’ll enter the industry as an entry-level manual or CNC machine tool operator.

Right Skills Now for Manufacturing (CNC) curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This ensures that employers have confidence in your machining skills.

Credits earned in the Right Skills Now certificate directly transfer into Dunwoody’s Machine Tool TechnologyEngineering Drafting & Design, or Welding & Metal Fabrication associate’s degree programs.

Class topics include:

  • CNC Machine Theory & Lab
  • Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks
  • Machine Shop Fundamentals
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances

Degree Requirements

To view program requirements, including required courses, electives, course descriptions, and credit hours, visit:

College Catalog: Right Skills Now For Manufacturing

Recent Employers of Graduates

Companies that hire our graduates include:

  • Integer: Greatbatch Medical – Lake Region Medical – Electrochem
  • Mendell Engineering
  • MultiSource Manufacturing LLC
  • Mate Precision Tooling
  • Twin City Die Castings Co.

Common Job Titles

Possible job titles upon graduation include:

  • CNC Operator
  • Machinist
  • Machine Operator

Student Organizations

Opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom include:

  • Robotic Snow Plow Team
  • SkillsUSA

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Gene Haas Manufacturing Innovation Lab

Learn to program CNC milling and turning operations and develop the tooling used in modern manufacturing processes like injection molding and metal stamping.

  • 10 Haas CNC Mini Mills
  • 2 Haas VF2 Mills
  • Haas ST-10 Lathe
  • Sodick Wire EDM
  • Charmilles Sinker EDM
  • Cincinatti Injection Mold Press

Engineering, Materials, Mechanics & Metrology Lab

Open to all manufacturing and engineering students (and those with training on the equipment), this lab brings together equipment for additive manufacturing, material testing, measurement, and CNC simulation.

  • Two Stratasys Fortus 250 3D Printers
  • One Stratasys F370 3D Printer
  • One Fortus 400 3D Printer
  • Two MakerBot 3D Printers
  • Two Zeiss Duramax Coordinate Measurement Machines
  • Two MTS Criterion Tensile/Shear/Compression Testers
  • 7 Haas CNC Controller Simulators
  • One Zeiss Stemi 305 Microscope