CNC Academy

Free Certification Training

This all-expense paid 14-week accelerated program will provide you with the skills needed to enter a high-demand career as a CNC Machine Operator.

The CNC Academy is broken down into two modules containing: Machine Shop Fundamentals, Blueprint Reading, and Principles of CNC.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive their OSHA 10 Certification, HAAS Mill and Lathe Certification, and receive nine college credits.


You'll learn how to:

  • Read detailed drawings or files, such as blueprints, sketches, and those for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)

  • Set up, operate, and disassemble manual, automatic, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools

  • Align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and workpieces

  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines

  • Turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machine parts to specifications

  • Verify that completed products meet requirements

Quick Facts
  • Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2023

    Start Date: February 21, 2023
    End Date: May 25, 2023

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Maine Resident
    High school diploma or equivalent
    At least 18+ before the start of the training
    Unemployed, underemployed, or employment impacted by Covid

  • COVID-19 Requirements

    All YCCC students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class. Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose no later than 30 days from the date of their first in-person class. For more information, please click COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements below.


This training program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is generously provided through the Harold Alfond Grant and the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to provide customized workforce training grants to Maine residents, with delivery through YCCC and Maine’s other community colleges.

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The employment of machinists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Machinists will be required to set up, monitor, and maintain improved technology systems, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing. (

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