2017-18 AcademicCatalog - 70
machine tool &
Students in the Machine Tool and Computer-Aided
Manufacturing program will spend considerable time in the
study and actual operation of industrial equipment and tools
to develop skills used by tool and die making companies
and production and manufacturing facilities. This includes
emphasis on the set up and operation of computer numerical
controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines. Students
will also be introduced to computer-controlled measuring
machines and computer-aided design/computer-aided
machining (CAD/CAM) software and its applications. A
strong project, method-driven curriculum assures both
theoretical and practical skill development.
This program prepares students to enter the workforce
fields of CNC, CAM, tool making, mold making, machine tool
operating, quality control, industrial sales, and production or
manufacturing. High school prerequisites for this program
are Algebra I & II, and a GPA of at least 2.5.
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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 the machine tool technology
(speeds, feeds, thread measurement, sine bar, etc.)
* Apply the principles of physics and metallurgy to
the science of heat treatment operations, including
hardening of steel, carburizing, case hardening,
tempering, and annealing.
* Operate basic machine tools and demonstrate
knowledge of their construction in relation to the metal
* Demonstrate skills on computer numerical control
machines and in digital readout.
* 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.
* Demonstrate basic oral communication skills, speak
logically, and use various types of oral and written
communication techniques to promote good business
relationships, to develop leadership, and to establish
good employer-employee relationships.
* Demonstrate understanding of CAD/CAM programs for
part design and generation of CNC code.