The Machining Technology Program prepares individuals to set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools. Machinists typically do the following:
Work from blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files
Set up, operate and disassemble manual, automatic and computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) machine tools
Align, secure and adjust cutting tools and workpieces
Monitor the feed and speed of machines
Turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machines parts to specifications
Measure, examine, and test completed products for defects
Smooth the surface of parts or products
Present finished workpieces to customers and make modifications if needed
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Machining will possess essential workplace skills, such as problem-solving and critical thinking, technical math skills, and demonstrate interpersonal skills, work ethic, accountability and responsibility. They will be able to read, write, and speak effectively in the work environment. They will understand the fundamentals of tooling and machining (both manual and CNC) and their processes.
Of special note are the certificates embedded in the degree; as students progress to completion of the degree, they will be able to earn industry-recognized certificates that prepare them for the workforce.
Level I NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Certifications