CNC Setup and Operation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 142

       Course Name: CNC Setup and Operation

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This hands-on course provides training in the setup, operation of computer numerical control (CNC) machines.  Instruction will be given for both the CNC mill (vertical machining center) and the CNC lathe (turning center).  After this class students will be able to: setup CNC machines with required tooling and fixturing, operate CNC machines, read and interpret CNC programs, use inspection equipment, and troubleshoot various production problems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course will teach the basic understanding of a CNC control as well as the fixturing and tooling used on CNC machines and hands-on experience on a machine tool with a CNC control.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Session Description

  1. Introduction to NC & CNC
  2. History on NC and CNC; Control Systems, Loop Systems; Lab Milling Center
  3. Cartesian Coordinate
  4. Linear Interpolation; Lab Project 1
  5. Methods of Setting up Tools in CNC Machines
  6. 2 Axis Programming; Lab Project 2
  7. Downloading “G” code Programs from PC
  8. Midterm
  9. Circular Interpolation; Lab project 3
  10. Open Lab
  11. Canned Cycles on Lathe; Lab Project 4
  12. Canned Cycles on Mill
  13. Open Lab
  14. Review for Final Exam
  15. Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook: The CNC Workbook
An Introduction to Computer Numerical Control.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts. Late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%

Attendance 10%

Each of the 24 self paced learning modules contains a test that the student must pass in order to move on to the next module. The students’ final grade is determined but the 24 tests taken during the course as well as their performance during the hands-on lab portion of the class.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.