Offered at Main Campus
Machine Technology is an 18-month (six-term) program designed to give the student a thorough working knowledge of the machinist trade. The first four terms include a study of the five basic machine tools in both theory and shop applications. The final two terms focus on the technological aspects of computer controlled machines. The program also includes supplemental courses in mathematics, blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting, geometric tolerancing and communication skills. Students will use skills and training from manual machines, as well as new programming techniques, to program and set up tooling systems on the CNC lathe and mill. A CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) is utilized in conjunction with the CNC vertical mill. Job opportunities exist for machinists, CNC programmers, quality control technicians and tool and die makers.
The program is accredited through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) providing students the opportunity to achieve the following NIMS certifications:
Measurement, Material & Safety
Job Planning Benchwork & Layout
CNC Turning Operator
CNC Mill Operator
CNC Turning: Setup, Programming & Operations
CNC Milling: Setup, Programming & Operations
To enroll, complete an application and attend any required academic orientation and information session. This program may be entered at the beginning of any term. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students who complete the first four terms of this program, minus the scientific systems course, receive a diploma in Machine Operations.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Practice safe operation of industrial equipment in the laboratory.
- Demonstrate proper selection and use of the various measuring tools related to machining.
- Demonstrate proper operation and setup of drill press and its accessories.
- Demonstrate proper operation and setup of an engine lathe and its accessories.
- Demonstrate proper operation and setup of vertical mill and its accessories.
- Analyze and interpret blueprints utilized for proper machining of industrial parts.
- Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary for the machining industry.
- Demonstrate entry-level competency in the operation, setup and programming a CNC Lathe and Mill.
- Develop basic welding techniques required for an entry-level machinist.
- Develop drawings and machine programs utilizing current CAD/CAM software.
- Demonstrate and apply the theories of Jig and Fixture design.
- Describe and demonstrate the various hand tools used in machining.
Program Total: 76 Credits