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general machine
certificate (9-month)
The General Machine certificate program offers a broad
training experience that prepares individuals for entrylevel employment in the machining industry. Through
a combination of classroom study and assigned lab
activities, students acquire essential background
information, develop trade skills, and become familiar
with production methods and standards common to
the industry. Within the lab setting, emphasis is on the
practical application of skills. Students will learn to
operate a variety of conventional machine tools and
computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret
industrial drawings/blueprints, and use precision
measuring and inspection instruments.
Students enrolled in the certificate program may enroll
in the associate degree program upon completion
of the certificate program. Graduates of the General
Machine certificate program are employed as machine
operators, machinists, CNC operators, and quality
control inspectors.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
A graduate of this program will be able to do the
following:
* Demonstrate safe work habits and be conscious
of safety when working with machinery.
* Read blueprints, interpret drawings, understand
specifications, and establish tolerances.
* Apply mathematics in machine tool technology
(speeds, feeds, thread measurement, sine bar,
etc.)
* Operate basic machine tools and demonstrate
knowledge of their construction in relation to the
metal industry.
* Operate abrasive cutting machinery; select and
plan machining operations on this equipment.
* Demonstrate skills in quality control, inspection,
gauging methods, and production control as they
relate to manufacturing design and production.
104 * Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Alex Surra, Instructor
MEd, BSE: Millersville University
AAS: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Level II Teaching Certificate: Commonwealth of PA
OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer: MidAtlantic OTI Education Center

MODEL SCHEDULE FOR
MACHINIST CERTIFICATE
SEMESTER 1
MACH 106 Blueprint Reading and Related Math
MACH 112 Cutting Tools and Measurement
MACH 118 Lathe and Vertical Milling Machine I
MACH 123 Surface Grinding and Abrasive Machining I
MATH 126 Technical Math -orMATH 137 Intermediate Algebra
ENG 106 Composition I
SEMESTER 2
MACH 158 Lathe and Vertical Milling Machine II
MACH 222 CAD/CAM 1
MACH 168 Machine Skills Lab
MACH 172 Computer Numerical Control I
Science Elective
Humanities Elective

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