Production machinists work primarily in the production of large volumes of one single part, particularly parts that require strict adherence to specs and involve many complicated operations. Machinists decide what cutting tool is used and the speed the part is made, as well as the feed rate, while the programmer is in charge of setting up the path the cut will follow.
This certificate provides introductory courses to production and machining technology to obtain basic skills for other manufacturing career pathways. Training prepares the graduate for an entry-level machinist production position. Students engage in technical math, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, machine tool theory and lab, quality control, maintenance and safety.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon program completion students will be able to:
1. Gain a general knowledge of production technology processes.
2. Gain knowledge and understanding of interpreting production prints.
3. Apply technical mathematics skills to production processes.
4. Demonstrate basic computer skills.
5. Gain knowledge and understanding of machine tool print reading, machine tool technology theory and lab principles, machining math, an introduction to computer numerical control, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
This certificate is offered collaboratively with Northland Community & Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and St. Paul College. Courses are transferable within all the listed colleges.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development long-term projections show the need for a number of replacement workers in the machinist occupation. Advanced manufacturing continues to be considered a high-demand, high-pay industry in Minnesota. The certificate program yields marketable skills and knowledge to entry-level employees.
Machine tool operator, tool operator, production worker, machine setter or tender.