Precision Machining (CNC) Machinist

Building on the certified production technician certificate, the six classes for the precision machining certificate focus on computer numeric controlled (CNC) automated machinery used to produce parts from metal, plastic, or other materials. CNC machinists make adjustments to control capacity, perform periodic checks, and review the finished product to ensure readiness for the next step in production.

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Suggested Degree Plan for Precision Machining (CNC) Machinist Certificate
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
First Semester Details
CAD 101 Introduction to Drafting and Blueprint Reading for CAD Details 3
Introduces the student to basic tools and techniques needed in the drafting and blueprint reading profession as applied to CAD.
Prerequisites: (none)
FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail Details 1
Directed to new students, this course provides a supportive transition to the culture of higher education. Course objectives aim at preparing students for the college experience by acquiring effective learning techniques and by becoming aware of available college resources for academic and personal growth. This course also develops students' abilities, which will assist them with the complexities of college life.
Prerequisites: (none)
MAT 100 Technical Mathematics Details 3
A course designed to cover mathematical processes and problems that relate to career, technical and workforce applications. Specific topics include fractions; decimals, ratio, proportion and percentage; measurements; and area and volume.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 103 Introduction to Manufacturing Maintenance Details 2
This course provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance. Course content is based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician curriculum. Students will qualify to sit for MSSC-M4 - Maintenance Awareness Certification through the MSSC.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 104 Quality/Continuous Improvement Details 3
This course provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. It explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality and introduces students to lean manufacturing techniques. Course content is based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician curriculum. Students will qualify to sit for MSSC-M2 - Quality and Continuous Improvement Certification through the MSSC.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 113 Introduction to Manufacturing & Industrial Safety Details 3
This course provides students with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. It introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding and covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, safe machine usage, and lock out tag out. Students learn concepts of industrial noise, machine guarding, electrical safety, chemical exposure, hazardous waste, Worker's Compensation laws, liability, and general safety precautions for the workplace. Course content is based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician curriculum and OSHA standards. Students will also receive an OSHA 10 Card (Must be in class for 10 hours with an instructor to earn an OSHA card.) Students will qualify to sit for MSSC-M1-Safety Certification through the MSSC.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 135 Precision Machining I Details 3
This course provides an overview of machining processes. The course introduces a wide variety of skills in the planning, machining and finishing of metal products. Students develop basic skills in the use of hand tools, drill press, band saw, engine lathe, vertical milling machine and related equipment.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG 113
Second Semester Details
CAD 230 Introduction to the Manufacturing Processes Details 3
Acquaints the student with the following areas of manufacturing processes: material control, production control, material handling, quality and cost controls, purchasing procedures, and the J-I-T process. Students will qualify to sit for the MSSC-M3 - Manufacturing Processes and Production Certification.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 106 CNC Turning Details 3
Students will be provided with a blueprint and will be responsible for programming, editing, and choosing cutting tools to create a finished part on a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) turning center. Students will program, set-up and produce finished parts. The course includes programming for producing fast finished parts along with all documentations needed for the parts produced. The course is designed to meet the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 CNC milling certification.
Prerequisites: MFG 111 or consent of department
MFG 111 CNC Milling Details 4
Students will learn to program, edit, and produce a finished part using a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining center. The course will start with basic programming methods and advance to more complex programming codes. Students will be responsible for setting-up and producing finished parts within the tolerances that are specified. The course is designed to meet the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 CNC milling certification.
Prerequisites: MFG 135 or consent of department
MFG 235 Precision Machining II Details 3
This course provides a working, hands-on of machining processes. The course introduces a wide variety of skills in the machining and finishing of metal products. Students develop basic skills in the use of hand tools, drill press, band saw, engine lathe, vertical milling machine and related equipment. Not everyone will pass the NIMS testing; this does not mean you will fail the class.
Prerequisites: MFG 135 or consent of department
MFG 250 Physical Metallurgy Details 3
This course provides an introduction to the properties of metals, effects of metals in various forms and shapes, thermal treatments, phase diagrams, and principles concerning material science including atomic and crystal arrangements and their effect on mechanical properties. Lab work will include testing ferrous and nonferrous metals through hands-on examination.
Prerequisites: (none)

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