CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree

CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

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.

Program Information

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.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • 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.

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Program Course Requirements

CMAE 1528 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 OR
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
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Courses, 12 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite

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