Develop the technical abilities to work as a computer numerical control (CNC) operator or mechanical engineer. Learn specialist skills in manufacturing and engineering, as you refine your knowledge in industry-specific workshops.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Perform engineering measurements and computations
Apply procedures and systems
Work collaboratively in a manufacturing or engineering environment
Create 2D and 3D modelling and file coding
Set and edit computer-controlled machines and processes
Program computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and machine centres
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Current employment in industry with access to structured on and off-the-job training
An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role
The ability to provide your own personal; protective equipment (PPE)
Good organisational skills, and the ability to multi-task and respond well to rapid change
The ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
Access to a computer and reliable internet
The ability to work early mornings, late evenings or weekend hours if required
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success
and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: CNC operator/programmer, 2D and 3D CAD designer, mechanical engineer, computer-aided drawing (CAD)/Computer-aided machining (CAM) programmer and workshop supervisor.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 165 weighting points, including 33 core and 132 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
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