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CNC Machine Operators possess skills to operate a CNC machine but are not Machinists. Through industry task analysis and strong involvement with our development partner – a large global manufacturer, Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program brings a streamlined set of skills and CNC training courses to CNC Machine Operator training. Many CNC Machine Operator training programs use courses meant for machinists, which incorporate irrelevant, nonessential training for CNC Machine Operators. For example, a Machinist must know how to design a CNC program, but a CNC Machine Operator must only know how to run one.

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program concentrates only on skills for CNC Machine Operator training like maintaining machines, recording SPC (Statistical Process Control) data, operating the CNC machine, setting-up tooling and fixtures, and performing quality inspections.

Amatrol’s Interactive Virtual Simulators

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program offers a virtual CNC machine experience that allows learners to practice and develop the required skills for operating a CNC machine via the computer. Learners gain CNC training through hands-on engagement via a virtual platform that acts like a real CNC machine. If a learner forgets to turn the power on, they must figure out the problem as they would on a real machine.

To be effective members of the workforce, CNC machine operators must possess a wide range of skills, so Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator training 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

Interactive eLearning Curriculum Engages Learners!

Learning often depends on being able to keep the learners focused and engaged. Every learner is different so effective learning material incorporates multiple learning styles – text, narration, video, interactive quizzes, etc. Amatrol incorporates all of these learning styles into our eLearning courses.


Animations are useful in showing a learner the internal operations of machines and processes.


Sometimes a picture 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 learners interact by pushing buttons, operating devices, identifying components, and more. This interactivity greatly enhances retention.


All these fancy graphics, animation and video 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 learner through 24 self-paced learning units all the way to fully doing the job of a CNC machine operator.

NIMS recommends Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program for this reason because it gets the job done. Amatrol developed the learning materials 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.

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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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