Advanced CNC Programming
I. Course Prefix/Number: MFG 145
Course Name: Advanced CNC Programming
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
This hands-on course is a follow-up to MFG 144 and allows greater depth in the design and production of CNC programs. Advanced programs are simulated off-line and run on CNC machine tools. Canned cycles, cutter compensation, macro programming, and subroutines are covered in detail. CAM software is introduced and used for planning and simulation.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Construct and simulated advanced NC programs.
- Implement CAN cycles to become more productive
- Incorporate macros and subroutines to modularize code
- Have a working knowledge of CAM software
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
See attached outline for topics and dates\ and D2L
Class time spent learning terminology, safety, various applications
- Advanced CNC programming techniques
- Programming with cutter compensation
- Canned cycles for drilling, boring, tapping, and other operations
- Macro programming techniques
- Subroutine calls and procedures
- Mirror imaging, polar rotation, and helical interpolation
- Preparing a job plan and off-line simulation using CAM
- Introduction to CAM programming
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Attendance required for success.
- Completion of midterm and final exam.
- Completion of 2 milling & 2 Turning Projects
IX. Instructional Materials
"The CNC Workbook", by Nanfara, Addison-Wesley Publishers (same for MFG 144).
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.