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CNC Machine Operators require skills in operating a CNC machine but are not machinists. Through industry task analysis as well as strong involvement with our development partner, a large global manufacturer, Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program brings a highly focused, streamlined set of skills to CNC Machine Operator training. Many training programs for CNC Machine Operators use training really designed for machinists, which incorporates a lot of theory not relevant to the role of CNC Machine Operator. For example, a CNC machine operator needs to know how to run a CNC program – not how to design one.

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program focuses exclusively on the modern CNC machine operator, including such tasks as maintaining machines and recording SPC (Statistical Process Control) data. It covers all the skills operators need, from operating the CNC machine to set-up of tooling and fixtures to quality inspection.

Amatrol’s Interactive Virtual Simulators

Hands-On, Job-Ready Skills

For employers such as Amatrol’s development partner, a large global manufacturer, job-ready skills are critical. Our CNC Machine Operator Program is the real deal – students can develop and practice the skills required to effectively operate a CNC machine via the computer. They learn by doing and the virtual machine acts like a real machine. If you forget to turn the power on, you have to figure out the problem – exactly the same as in the real job.

CNC machine operators must have a wide array of skills to be effective in their jobs. Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program teaches future operators hands-on skills in the following areas:

  • Performing part measurement and gauging
  • Interfacing with a CNC
  • Making tooling decisions
  • Responding to machine malfunctions
  • Setting-up and operating a CNC machine

Rich Multimedia + Strong Curriculum = Effective Learning

Engaging content makes students want to learn!

Learning often depends on being able to keep the student focused and engaged. Every learner is different which means that effective learning material incorporates all of the learning styles – text, narration, and graphics. Amatrol incorporates all three learning styles into all of our programs. To further engage the learner, we target the use of animation, video, pictures, drawings and graphics to bring balance and interest to the material. When any one thing is dominant, students simply become bored. Amatrol keeps the material and the student moving – making learning fun!


Animations are particularly useful in showing a student internal operations of machines and processes.


Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Amatrol balances use of animation with video to show real world application and hands-on job tasks.

Interactive Exercises

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program contains many interactive exercises where students interact by pushing buttons, operating devices, identifying components, and more. This interactivity greatly enhances retention.


All the fancy graphics, animation and video in the world do nothing by themselves – they are only effective as part of well developed, thorough curriculum. Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program starts with basic measurement and guides the student through 24 self-paced learning units all the way to fully doing the job of a CNC machine operator.

NIMS strongly recommends the Amatrol CNC Machine Operator for this reason – it really gets the job done. The learning materials were developed based on industry task analysis, input from experts in a large global manufacturer, and testing in the workplace. The training and NIMS certifications support the real CNC machine operator needs of manufacturers everywhere.

NIMS Logo and Certificate

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program

Flexible Turn-Key Program

Amatrol’s turn-key program includes:

  • 130+ Skills
  • 80+ Hours of Learning
  • 24 Self-Paced Learning Units
  • Instructor’s Assessment Guide
  • On-The-Job Training Guide


Finding qualified CNC machine operators is a challenge for any manufacturing organization. How do you know someone can do the job? Delivering consistent product quality when multiple people are involved, often in different locations, is also a big challenge. Experience in operating a CNC does not equate to consistent skills or approaches, which often shows up in higher warranty and repair costs. When combined with the often larger issue of just not enough CNC machine operators to fill open jobs, business suffers.

NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) is leading the charge in developing solutions for these very real issues. NIMS has developed two CNC machine operator certifications, one for the CNC mill and one for the CNC lathe, that provide proof of an individual’s ability to perform the job. NIMS credentials are portable recommendations that a person can perform the work of a CNC Machine Operator according to recognized national standards that have been industry validated.

The certifications NIMS offers for CNC Machine Operator cover all of the following key skill areas:

  • CNC mill, lathe and grinder set-up and operation
  • Tool identification, set-up, use and maintenance
  • Machining processes
  • Statistical process control
  • Quality and cycle time optimization
  • CNC program operation
  • Fixture set-up and operation
  • CNC troubleshooting and maintenance for operators
  • Precision measurement & gauging
  • Print reading
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing

Obtaining a NIMS CNC Machine Operator certification is straightforward. The overall process is shown in the diagram at right.

The training that NIMS recommends for the certification, offered by Amatrol, is computer based, making it easily deliverable to students everywhere. Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program emphasizes the hands-on skills as well as the knowledge needed for the job. As with the NIMS certification, Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program has been developed with industry and validated in the workplace. Amatrol also offers instructor training through their Amatrol Technical Training Institute.

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