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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

Education & Credentials


Educational Requirements

High School or less


Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma6.8
High school diploma or equivalent40.5
Some college, no degree33.8
Associate degree11.5
Bachelors degree6.1
Masters degree1
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.4


Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training to become competent.


Related Programs (current training opportunities)



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Transfer Options



A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Certifications are examinations that test or enhance your knowledge, experience or skills in an occupation or profession.

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Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This career does not require a license.


Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Applied Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Industrial Technology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.