Who Controls the Computers that Make Tomorrow's Technology a Reality?

Posted at 1:06 PM, Feb 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-26 13:06:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining may not be a term you've heard before but this technology may affect your life in ways you never realized.

CNC is a technology that uses a computer to operate a variety of machinery that needs to be so precise, a human laborer more than likely couldn't create it, even with the same equipment. These can vary from tiny computer parts to pieces of an airplane motor.

Just because a computer is operating the machine, that doesn't mean that a human touch isn't needed to make sure the computer is doing it's job. So who makes sure that everything is working properly? A CNC Machine Operator.

According to Russell Miller, the CNC Machining Instructor at Tallahassee Community College, a person working with this specialized equipment needs creativity to do the job,"You've got to be able to see a three dimensional (version) of what you've trying to produce."

While training can vary for the type of equipment an operator is producing, a vocational program can help individuals looking to do this as a career get started.

Miller recommends getting into an entry level program like the courses he teaches at TCC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The introductory level courses offered there last 8 weeks and can help someone interested decide if this is the path for them. If you are interested in learning more about this program you can call (850) 201-9720 or email

As technology evolves and the equipment required to create it becomes more and more complex; CNC Machine Operators will continued to be needed.