The machine shop technologist does precise creation and modification of metal parts. In this program, students learn how to use machines to make various parts for the repair, design, or manufacture of other products. Most jobs are in manufacturing settings and in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, and paper. Math, computer, and engineering skills are important in this field but machinists also use a creative side to solve problems and make new designs. Machinists work with their hands to create and fix tools and machines and work on parts that are cast, formed, shaped, or molded. They also work on parts that are heat treated, cut, or twisted. In addition, you can work on parts that are pressed, fused, stamped, or worked.
In our Machine Tool Technology Program you will learn how to use hand tools, power machinery, and computerized equipment. In addition, you will learn how to use lathes and mills. Our one-year diploma curriculum includes the use computer-aided-drafting and design software. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Read and interpret a mechanical working drawing.
2. Perform precision measurement, layout, drilling, sawing, turning, milling, and precision grinding safely
3. Perform shop calculations
4. Program, setup and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) turning center and machining center
5. Anticipate, choose and troubleshoot the proper tooling based on manufacturing requirements.
6. Manufacture assemblies to specification
7. Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills in machining industry
The Machine Tool Technology Program received official designation as a National Institute for Metalworking Skills Accredited Training in 2002.
Some examples of careers graduates can go into after completing this program 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.
Companies are switching to computer-controlled machines because they improve quality and lower costs. Because our program includes advanced courses in CNC and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), the graduate is prepared for career opportunities, including the growth industries associated with plastics.