Machine Tool Technology - A.A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Math, Physics, Technology & Engineering Science
Department Chair

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

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.

In today’s environment, the machinist is an integral part of a manufacturing team which analyzes processes, estimates costs, schedules production, and programs automated machines which are factors necessary to ensure a continuous refinement and improvement of the manufacturing process. With this involvement comes the knowledge and pride of having an immediate impact on, and control over, quality. Quality and productivity are critical factors in today’s global economy.

For program assistance, see an advisor.

High school or equivalent preparation required: Two years of high school mathematics including algebra and either geometry or intermediate algebra. Students who don’t have this preparation will be able to get it here, but it may take longer to complete the program.