CNC Machining Certification Exam Guide

CNC Machining Certification Exam Guide

Setup, Operation, and Programming

Ken Evans


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CNC Machining Certification Exam Guide is focused on providing the knowledge base required for obtaining certification, credentialing and/or job preparation in CNC Machining with CNC Mills and Lathes. It covers foundational skills that all those seeking employment as a CNC Operator/Machinist must possess. Managers responsible for workforce development in manufacturing facilities will use the book as a guide for on-the-job employee training and apprenticeships.

The work can be used as a curriculum component for technical schools and colleges for students preparing for certification and credentialing exams based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I standards for: CNC Mill Programming and Setup and Operations, and CNC Lathe Programming and Setup and Operations. At a time when the CNC market is experiencing a shortfall of skilled, qualified workers, this Exam Guide is the perfect resource


  • Presents CNC Programming with G-Code so users can execute their programs with confidence.
  • Focuses on the creation of CNC programs using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).
  • Written with the end goals of certification, credentialing and job readiness in mind.
  • Practice study questions mimic those presented on credentialing exams and practice exercises prepare readers for the required practical activities.
  • An affiliated website (  will contain additional certification questions and answers, as well as suggested additional exercises.


Ken Evans:
Ken Evans has had an illustrious career working in aerospace and manufacturing as a Prototype Lab Manager, CNC Programmer, Sales Engineer, Instructor, Quality Control Inspector and Machinist Tool- & Die- and Mold-maker.  He has more than 20 years of experience using CAD/CAM, more than 20 years of teaching, and is CIM certified.  Evans is a published author for Industrial Press (Programming of CNC Machines + accompanying Workbook, Interpretation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, 3e), and has been an Advisor of medalists in the Precision Machining Technology area at SKILLS USA.