Right Skills Now for Manufacturing (CNC) (RSNM), Certificate

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Right Skills Now certificate is designed to provide fast-track, high-skilled manufacturing training in the following areas: job planning, bench work, materials, manual milling, manual turning, CNC milling, and CNC turning.

Curriculum aligns with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation standards.

Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as entry-level manual and CNC machine tool operators.

Credits earned in the Right Skills Now certificate directly transfer into Dunwoody's Machine Tool Technology (MACH), Engineering Drafting & Design (MDES), or Welding & Metal Fabrication (WMET) associate's degree programs. 

Credential Earned: Certificate
Length of Program: 1 year (2 semesters)
Classes Offered: Evening
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
Accreditation: NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills)
  • Demonstrate required industry safety standards.
  • Demonstrate proper use of manufacturing equipment.
  • Initiate problem-solving skills and techniques to develop manufacturing related solutions.
  • Investigate manufacturing careers.
General Requirements
MATH1010Algebra I3
Technical Requirements
MACH1000Machine Shop Fundamentals2
MACH1205CNC Machining Theory4
MACH1215CNC Machining Lab2
MDES1110Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks4
MDES1230Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances4
Total Credits19

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MDES1110 Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks 4
MACH1000 Machine Shop Fundamentals 2
MATH1010 Algebra I 3
 Total Credits9
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MDES1230 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances 4
MACH1205 CNC Machining Theory 4
MACH1215 CNC Machining Lab 2
 Total Credits10


MACH1000 | Machine Shop Fundamentals | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Manufacturing of parts through layout and bench work, includes the use of band saws, drill presses, surface grinders, manual lathes and vertical mills. Basic principles in metal-cutting technology includes threading, tapers, knurling, boring, radii cutting and milling procedures such as squaring stock, the use of rotary table and the many other milling and turning operations.

MACH1205 | CNC Machining Theory | Lecture (4 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with CNC milling and turning operations, inspection of finished parts, and an introduction to the G & M codes used in CNC programming.

Prerequisite(s): MACH1000

MACH1215 | CNC Machining Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Manufacturing of parts using CNC milling and turning processes. CNC setup and programming includes manual programming via machine control and software simulation.

Prerequisite(s): MACH1000

MDES1110 | Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Creation of 3D solid models, assemblies and related engineering documentation using SolidWorks. Blueprint reading and application of ASME/ANSI standards to CAD drawings.

MDES1230 | Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances | Lecture (4 Credits)

Principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in the context of engineering and manufacturing. Application of principles using coordinate measurement machines.

Prerequisite(s): MDES1110

MATH1010 | Algebra I | Lecture (3 Credits)

Foundational algebra is applied the in the context of geometry and trigonometry. Topics include rules of exponents, simplifying expressions, solving equations, computing measurements of two and three dimensional shapes, solving right triangles, and solving oblique triangles.

General Education: Mathematics