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CNC Machinist Technology

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This is an assessment-based certificate where students are evaluated on their ability to demonstrate their knowledge and experience in all the topics of study. Students each have an assessment book to track and document their progress and achievements. As they demonstrate their ability of a given skill, the instructor documents it and they move onto the next learning task. This permits students to learn and advance at their own pace. After students complete the minimum skills required in their assessment books, they continue their training by developing their own advanced machining projects. These projects include design, manufacturing, and evaluation of their own product ideas. This certificate includes 840 hours of instruction and hands-on practical training. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. , for 22 consecutive days. Students take one course at a time, and a new course starts approximately every 22 days. There are a total of seven courses needed to complete the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in numerical order, and there are multiple starting points during the academic year.
Goals & Outcomes
To prepare the students to be proficient with common applications of computer- numerical control machining.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to produce products using CNC hardware and software.
To prepare graduates to find employment in the field of CNC machining or a related field.
  • The graduate will enter a career in the machining (or related) field within 1 year of graduation or be in the process of continuing their education.
To prepare the student to demonstrate competency in CNC machining issues and problem solving.
  • The students will demonstrate the ability to select appropriate tools, work holding methods, and calculated feeds and speeds.
  • The students will be able to operate, program, and troubleshoot CNC machines.
  • The students will demonstrate the use of standard CNC programming and CAD drawing methods to achieve desired CNC machining outcomes.
To prepare the students to interpret drawings in order to select CNC machining steps directed toward the production of CNC machined objects.
  • The students will be able to interpret mechanical drawings and determine steps needed to machine parts to specified tolerances.
To prepare student to successfully interact with others through drawings and other technical means.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with others by participation in and completion of group projects.
To prepare the student to communicate effectively.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to clearly describe CNC machining processes in an oral or written presentation.
To prepare the student to quantitatively analyze common CNC machining problems.
  • The student will demonstrate quantitative skills common to CNC machining problems, such as the use of measurement, geometry, and trigonometry.
To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
5.0
MT291 CNC/Machinist 1
This course introduces fundamental concepts of machining. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, precision measurement tools, machining a work piece to drawing specification, use of manual machines (milling, lathe, etc.), proper tooling and work-holding methods, and how to determine sequential machining operations of complex parts. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
MT292 CNC/Machinist 2
This course introduces fundamental concepts of CNC milling centers. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, shop math, machining a work piece to drawing specification, introduction to CNC programming, set-up for milling machines, use of CNC milling machines, proper tooling and work-holding methods, and how to determine sequential machining operations of complex parts. Corequisite: MT291 Introduction to Machining. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
MT293 CNC/Machinist 3
This course covers advanced concepts of CNC milling centers. This course is the third in the series of assessment-based courses in the CNC/Machinist curriculum. Evaluation is based on the ability to demonstrate knowledge and experience in all topics of study. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), machining a work piece to drawing specification, CNC programming for vertical milling machines, use of CNC vertical milling machines, proper tolling and work-holding methods, and how to determine sequential machining operations of complex parts. Corequisite: MT292 Introduction to CNC Milling. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
MT294 CNC/Machinist 4
This course introduces fundamental concepts of CNC Turning centers. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, machining a work piece to drawing specification, introduction to CAM programming software, use of CAD to create drawings, introduction to CNC programming for lathes, use of CNC lathe, proper tooling and work-holding methods, and how to determine sequential machining operations of complex parts. Corequisite: MT293 Advanced CNC Milling. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
5.0
MT295 CNC/Machinist 5
This course introduces advanced concepts of CNC Turning centers. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, live tools, C axis programming, soft Jaws, machining a work piece to drawing specifications, CAM programming software, use of CAD to create drawings, manual programming for lathes, set-up of CNC lathe, proper tolling and work-holding methods and how to determine sequential machining operations of complex parts. Corequisite: MT294 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
MT296 CNC/Machinist 6
This course introduces fundamental concepts of Multi-Axis CNC Turning and Milling centers. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, machining a work piece to drawing specification, CAM programming software, CNC programming for Multi-Axis lathes, CNC programming for 4 and 5 axis machining centers, use of CNC milling machines and lathes, proper tooling and work-holding methods, advanced machining setups and tolling for milling machines and lathes, and topics on CNC wire EDM machining. Corequisite: MT295 Advanced CNC Turning Centers. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
MT297 CNC/Machinist 7
In this capstone course students utilize and demonstrate the skills learned in the CNC/Machinist program. Students design, program, manufacture, and inspect the part they design, CAM and CAD software are utilized for design and programming purposes. The final project is manufactured and inspected to design specifications. Corequisite: MT296 Multi-Axis CNC Machining. See when this course is offered ...


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