Precision Manufacturing

STEM & Advanced Manufacturing
The STEM & Advanced Manufacturing field encompasses computer science and information technology, engineering technologies, life sciences and more. These programs prepare students for the modern day high-tech environment, and offer a combination of design, production, technology, mathematics and problem-solving skills.

Day/Evening program

At the heart of our mechanized world is the Precision Manufacturing industry requiring skilled technicians to carry out new ideas and plans in the production of all types of manufactured parts. Many of these skilled technicians can earn more than $50,000 a year.

Precision Manufacturing students receive applied training in basic concepts of machine tool processes during the first year.

In the second year, students will receive training in such specialized areas as production machining and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, setup and operation.

Employment opportunities include CNC specialists, mold makers, technical support technicians, field service representatives, and general machinists.

For students looking to pursue an education beyond the associate degree, this program may transfer to selected bachelor's degree programs.

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In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants should be aware of the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of high school Algebra I is recommended.
  2. Good skills in written English are required.
  3. Other high school courses such as physics and computer programming are recommended.
  4. It is recommended that senior students purchase a basic machinist tool kit.
MTTN101N Manufacturing Processes 3 0 3
MTTN111N Machine Tool Processes & Theory I 3 9 7
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
MATH110N Algebra and Trigonometry -OR- 4 0 4
MATH105N Technical Mathematics
MTTN122N Machine Tool Processes and Theory II 3 9 7
CAD131N Technical Drawing 2 3 3
MTTN123N Principles of CNC 2 3 3
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
MTTN231N Advanced Machine tool Processes & Theory I 3 9 7
MTTN223N Computer Aided Manufacturing  2 3 3
General Education Core Requirement:  Science 3 2/3 4
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science -OR- 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: History/Political Science 3 0 3
MTTN232N Advanced MTP & Theory II: A Capstone Experience 3 9 7
MTTN201N Lean and Green Manufacturing Methods 3 0 3
ARTS140N Welding and Metal Craft -OR-
General Education Core Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts -OR-
Global Awereness
3 0 3
Total 64 Credits
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Program Outcomes  
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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree in Precision Manufacturing, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret drawings using ANSI Y 14.5M (2009) standards of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT).
  2. Accurately measure parts using precision measuring tools to maintain quality control of machined parts.
  3. Explain casting, forging, welding, molding, heat treatment, powdered metal, and stamping manufacturing methods.
  4. Set-up and operate surface grinders, manual millers and manual lathes to produce parts to specifications.
  5. Identify and explain positioning systems, program formats and machine axes used on CNC machines.
  6. Set-up and operate CNC lathes and CNC millers necessary to produce parts to specification.
  7. Write programs and machine parts through the use of CAD-CAM software.
  8. Manually write basic CNC programs using G and M codes.
  9. Set-up and operate:  a cylindrical grinder and a ram type electrical discharge machine (EDM).
  10. Calculate stock requirements and specify and order materials and tools.
  11. Conduct oneself appropriately in a job interview.
  12. Manage a project involving machining, assembly and timely completion.
  13. Work cooperatively on a team project.
  14. Interpret Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS0 used in machining fluids and materials.
  15. Apply safety procedures appropriate to running a modern machine shop.
  16. Explain Statistical Process Control (SPS) and apply it appropriately.
  17. Design work holding fixtures and vise jaws to machine parts.
  18. Heat-treat tool steels and alloy steels to a specified Rockwell hardness
  19. Appropriately identify and use collets, chucks and work-holding devices.
  20. Identify and use appropriate cutting tool materials for a given application.
  21. Solve practical trigonometric problems related to the geometry of parts.
  22. Communicate effectively about machining problems and issues involved in the production of parts.
  23. Utilize principles of physics related to machines and machining.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.