Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

The CAM program prepares you for high tech jobs as a CNC operator or CNC programmer in the advanced manufacturing industry which has become crucial to the U.S. economy.

The curriculum provides the foundation to operate and setup computer numerical control machines that produce precision metal parts, instruments, and the tools involved with the manufacturing of products. The curriculum provides you with a knowledgeable foundation using the CAM laboratory with MasterCAM software and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines.The CAM program teaches students a vast array of CNC Vertical Milling Centers, CNC Lathes and CNCs with fourth and five axes.

In addition to upgrading technical skills for those currently in manufacturing, this program prepares you for NIMS certifications.

Degrees and Possible Careers


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For more detailed information regarding the actual CAM classes (not registration), please email the instructor, Mark McCollough, or call his number 559.442.8200 ext.8735.

To learn more about the CAM program and courses, contact an Applied Technology counselor. 

Counselors are available in the Applied Technology Division Office to assist students with creating a Student Education Plan for an CAM Degree or Certificate.

To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes


Tuition at Fresno City College is $46 per unit. A student will need to complete 19 units for this certificate, with a potential total of $690 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if a student is eligible, can cover tuition. Attend or review our Financial Aid Zoom workshop to learn more.

There are no costs for textbooks for this program.

Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body Representation Fee ($2 per semester. Students can request a waiver based on religious, political, moral or financial reasons.)
  • Material fees ($155 for the certificate, effective Fall 2020)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester), but will be waived for Fall 2020
  • Student ID card ($5)

Costs for required equipment— must be purchased by the end of the first week:

  • Safety Glasses (Z87 approved)
  • Steel covered toe shoes/boots
  • 6-piece, Machinist caliper and micrometer tool kit
  • 2” Binder
  • File storage: Two (2) memory sticks or flash drives
  • A cloud-based file storage platform, such as iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox, or similar
  • Dell Precision laptop (or equivalent) for MasterCAM home learning
  • Software: Software provided by college; minimum 8GB of RAM required to run software

The Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate has the potential for entry-level and mid-level job placement in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programming, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operating, or Machining. A potential resource for finding jobs in the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) field is: O-Net OnLine

Yes! The Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate is stackable – the units count toward an associate degree in Computer Aided Manufacturing or can be used as undergraduate coursework to transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, Fresno City College has a partnership with Fresno State’s Industrial Technology program, where they accept all of this coursework as electives for undergraduate work.

Your successful completion of this certificate can be used to apply for additional manufacturing-related certificates and/or the Computer Aided Manufacturing associate degree.

Your successful completion of this certificate can be used as valuable training in conjunction with other manufacturing-related certificates such as Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Electrical, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, or Welding programs. If cross-training is not of interest, courses in the Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate are applicable to both the Computer Aided Manufacturing and the Industrial Technology associate degree as well as transfer potential for the Industrial Technology bachelor’s degree at Fresno State. When the student applies for a bachelor’s degree program, the 4-year college or university maintains set standards for which courses are transferable. Consult with a college counselor in order to discuss these opportunities.

A student must apply for admission to Fresno City College through CCCApply in order to receive a student identification number to register for classes. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate is designed to deliver six courses for a total of 19 units, over a period of nine weeks for each course. In typical scheduling this can occur within one semester. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this coursework will occur over two semesters. Each cohort (group) of students will start and finish the semester together. Fall 2020 schedule is as follows: Lecture (online) from 1-2:50 p.m. and Lab (in person) from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays.

The Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate instructor(s) can assist with job placement opportunities. In the second semester you could choose to take a course, AT-19, for a paid or unpaid work experience to build your resume and begin working in your field of study.