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This certificate provides the entry-level manufacturing technician or CNC operator with basic knowledge of machining operations using traditional machine tools and basic CNC programming/machine operation. Courses include shop mathematics and engineering drawing interpretation. The lab component offers hands-on activities in the machine shop and the CNC lab. This program is financial aid-eligible. 


Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
Year 1
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning404
MNFP 105CEngineering Design224
MFET 111CManufacturing and Materials Processing1334
Year 2
MFET 220CManufacturing Processes and Machine Tools334
MFET 241CComputer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)334
Total Credits   20

1All students taking MFET 111C will be charged 2 $20 materials fee.

Successfully completing the certificate has the following outcomes in terms of skills:

  • Basic shop math skills necessary to solve manufacturing-related technical problems
  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings typically used in the manufacturing industry
  • An understanding of machining operations and the various machines used to accomplish these processes
  • CNC machine operation including tool offsets, work offsets, and G-code programming fundamentals
  • A working knowledge of materials, including cutting tools and workpiece materials, and their interactions


A recent study of N.H. employers identified a shortage of technician-level manufacturing production workers. As the aging workforce retires, there will be a skills gap NHTI students can fill to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in N.H. as well as the overall health of the state economy.

Over the past two decades, N.H.’s manufacturing economy has been moving from manual mill work toward
automated, smart manufacturing. The technology infusion and high productivity demand a safe and sustainable manufacturing workforce. This requires individuals with professionalism, applied science, technology, math, and engineering skills, as well as knowledge of manufacturing principles – all of which students receive at NHTI.

Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list): CNC operator, CNC programmer, and manufacturing technician.

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