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CNC Machine Technology

Gain the technical knowledge and skills necessary to operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines used in manufacturing.

Certificate of Applied Science in CNC Machine Technology

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines such as lathes, mills, precision measuring tools and their related attachments and accessories are utilized in everything from factory settings to custom machinist shops. Students in the CNC Machine Technology program at Gallatin College MSU learn how to utilize these machines to perform functions such as cutting, drilling, shaping and finishing products and component parts. Coursework in the CNC Machine Technology program includes instruction in CNC terminology, programming, operations, troubleshooting, machining, technical mathematics, CAD/CAM systems, shop and safety practices and more.

The CNC Machine Technology program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college.

Important: This program has limited openings and has been at full capacity in recent years, please apply early and contact Gallatin College for further information if interested.



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Unique Opportunities
At Gallatin College MSU, students are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Ten Years of Excellence
Gallatin College MSU has been providing an accessible, student-centered education that supports individuals’ personal and professional goals since 2009.

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Personalized Experience
At Gallatin College MSU, a combination of small class sizes, hands-on education and training and highly qualified instructors with relevant industry experience makes for a student-centered approach focused on success and goal fulfillment.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


CNC Machine Technology students at Gallatin College MSU go into careers such as:

  • CNC Machining
  • Manufacturing
  • Custom Fabrication

To explore more career possibilities, Gallatin College MSU has a variety of resources available to help with navigating the job search process, including career services and internal job postings.