CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree

CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

In the Machine Tool Technology program students learn how to use hand tools, laths and mills, computer-aided-drafting and design software, power machinery, and computerized equipment. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree curriculum includes geometric tolerancing, advanced CAD/CAM, and advanced CNC milling and turning operations. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience.

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Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Read and interpret a mechanical working drawing;
  • Perform precision measurement, layout, drilling, sawing, turning, milling, and precision grinding safely;
  • Perform shop calculations;
  • Program, setup, and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) turning center and machining center;
  • Anticipate, choose, and troubleshoot the proper tooling based on manufacturing requirements;
  • Manufacture assemblies to specification; and
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills in the machining industry.

Career Opportunities

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tool programmers and operators develop and operate programs to control the machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. Most jobs are in manufacturing settings in a variety of industries including machine shops, aerospace, medical, automotive, and metalworking machining. Math, computer, and engineering skills are important in this field, but machinists also use a creative side to solve problems and make new designs. Examples of career titles in this field include numerical control machine operator, CNC programmer, robotic machine operator, numerical control drill press operator, lathe operator, automated cutting machine operator, machinist tool and die, precision instrument maker, and tool maker.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

CMAE 1528    Career Success Skills OR
CMAE 1529    Career Success Skills………………………… 1 cr
MATH 1500   Applied Mathematics………………………. 3 cr
MTTS 1110     Principles of Machine Operations I……….. 2 cr
MTTS 1111*  Principles of Machine Operations II………. 2 cr
MTTS 1120     Machine Operations I………………………. 3 cr
MTTS 1121     Machine Operations II……………………… 3 cr
MTTS 1122*  Machine Operations III…………………….. 3 cr
MTTS 1124     Introduction to Engineering Graphics……. 2 cr
MTTS 1130     Print Reading………………………………… 2 cr
MTTS 1131*  Print Applications…………………………… 2 cr
MTTS 1134*  CNC Operations……………………………… 3 cr
MTTS 1135     CNC Programming and Process Planning… 2 cr
MTTS 1140     CAD/CAM I…………………………………… 2 cr
MTTS 2110     Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing………………………………….. 1 cr
MTTS 2112     Metallurgy……………………………………. 1 cr
MTTS 2116*  Introduction to EDM……………………….. 2 cr
MTTS 2118*  Jigs and Fixtures…………………………….. 1 cr
MTTS 2130*  CNC Milling and Turning……………………. 4 cr
MTTS 2134*  CNC Operations Theory…………………….. 2 cr
MTTS 2140*  CAD/CAM II………………………………….. 2 cr
MTTS 2155     Capstone Project………………………….. 1-6 cr
MTTS 2190     Internship………………………………….. 4-6 cr
RAST 1109      Computers in Industry……………………… 2 cr

An A.A.S. degree requires a minimum of 15 credits selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Students must include the following courses:
ENGL 1422     Practical Writing (Goal 1)………………….. 3 cr
PHYS 1407*   Principles of Physics (Goal 3)……………… 3 cr
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Courses………………… 9 cr
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 64 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

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Mike Fitcher

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000
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Ronn Redemske

Machine Trades Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5117
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