The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Machine Tool Technology Certificate of Achievement offers both theoretical and hands-on training related to lathes, vertical mills, drill press, hand tools, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) lathes and mills, and Computer Aided Machining (CAM). A student enrolling in the program should have the desire and ability to work with his or her hands, possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude and enjoy working in a shop environment.
Technological advances and continued expansion of the machine tool industry have increased the demands for well trained entry level technicians both locally and state-wide. Individuals with certificate level knowledge of CNC lathes and mills and CAM are especially in demand. . For students interested in an Associate Degree, a Machine Tool major is available.
Individuals who complete the Machine Tool certificate program should be able to find employment as an entry level Machine Tool apprentice, CNC technician, or machine operator. Graduates can find employment in a variety of areas, including machine shops, manufacturing industries, industrial machinery and equipment, measuring and controlling devices, and beverage product manufacturers.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate safe operation of hand tools, power tools and specialized machine shop tools and equipment;
2. demonstrate the set up and operation of manual lathes and mills;
3. interpret CNC programming language; and
4. accurately analyze and interpret blueprints and create a part to specifications.