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Machine Tool Technology Certificate

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The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare students for immediate employment as entry level machine operators. They will become proficient in the operation of basic machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and precision measurement equipment. To prepare for future career opportunities in the operation of machining centers, the College’s first course in CNC programming is also required. Students will develop supportive skills in basic mathematics and writing appropriate to a machinist position and necessary to continue their machinist training in an associate’s degree program in Machine Tool Technology.

Graduates will be able to immediately enter the workforce with the skills required to run both production and job-shop parts; apply their skills to set-up and operate common manufacturing machine tools; edit CNC programs “on-the-fly” to assist in production scheduling and demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard and state-of-the-art metrology to verify parts to a documented drawing.

Program Information - Certificate

Machine Tool Technology A.A.S.

Students in the Machine Tool Technology program study that portion of the manufacturing arena that actually produces the parts that go into the products sold throughout the world. Machinists set up and operate a vast variety of machine tools from basic lathes to advanced computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining centers. In today’s highly automated, high precision environment, the machinist needs a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, precision measurement, CNC programming, and communication skills. Machinists must understand the working properties of metals such as steel, cast iron, aluminum and the effect heat treating has on their properties. They must be able to read complicated blueprints, translating these images into machined objects.

Graduates will be able to write and edit programs; run parts on a CNC machining center; use basic machining equipment and tools; calculate and identify proper tool geometry, feeds, speeds, screw threads, and tapers to machine parts of various materials; design simple jigs and fixtures; read and inspect parts made to drawing specifications; draw parts of various types and process them with MasterCam software.

Program Information - A.A.S.