Machine Tool Technology/CNC

AWARD OFFERED Certificate (MTT – 4 Semesters), Certificate (CNC – 2 Semesters), Associate in Applied Science Degree (5 Semesters)

About the Program

Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.

The Precision Machining program trains students to carry through to completion the construction and repair of all kinds of metallic and non-metallic parts, tools and machines. It also teaches students to understand blueprints and specifications. Students will learn to use all machinists’ hand tools and machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, milling machines, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, computer-assisted programming equipment and graphics programming.

Because the technology of machining is changing rapidly, machinists must learn to operate a wide range of machines. Along with operating machines that use metal cutting tools to shape work pieces, machinists may operate machines that cut with lasers, water jets, or electrified wires. While some of the computer controls may be similar, machinists must understand the unique cutting properties of these different machines. As engineers create new types of machine tools and new materials to machine, machinists must constantly learn new machining properties and techniques.

The work environment is also changing. Today, most machine shops are relatively clean, well lit, and ventilated. Many computer controlled machines are partially or totally enclosed, minimizing the exposure of workers to noise, debris, and the lubricants used to cool work pieces during machining.

Career Outlook

Excellent job opportunities are expected. Employers in certain parts of the country report difficulty attracting qualified applicants. Median hourly earnings of machinists were $18.99 in May 2012, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $28.75 an hour. Experienced machinists may be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms, increasing their earning power. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Sample Plan of Study

AAS Machine Tool Technology 

1st Semester
3   MTT 127     Metrology                                                             
3   MTT 134     Lathe Operations I                                               
3   MTT 135     Lathe Operations Lab I                                        
3   MTT 181*    Special Topics                                                       
3   MTT281*BP Special Topics                                                       
1   ORI 110       Freshman Seminar                                              
16 Total Hours                                                                      

2nd Semester
3   MTT 107   Machining Calculations I                                     
3   MTT 121*  Basic Print Reading                                              
3   MTT 147   Intro to Machine Shop I                                      
3   MTT 148   Intro to Machine Shop Lab I                               
3   ENG101    English Comp I                                                     
15 Total Hours                                                                           

3rd Semester
3   MTT 137    Milling I                                                                  
3   MTT 138    Milling I Lab                                                           
3   MTT 142*   Advanced Machining Calculations                    
3   MTT 171*   Intermediate Blueprint Reading                        
3   MTH 103    Intro to Technical Math                                      
15 Total Hours                                                                       

4th Semester
3   MTT 128    Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing          
3   MTT 149    Intro to Machine Shop II                                     
3   MTT 150    Intro to Machine Shop II Lab                              
3   CNC 158*   Die Fundamentals                                                
3   MTT 130*   Machining Calculations II                                    
3   HUM          Humanities Elective                                                                                       
18 Total Hours                                                                      

5th Semester
3   ENG 102    English Composition II or SPH 106                    
6                    CIS, Math, or Science electives                       
3                    History, Social or Behavioral Science              
12 Total Hours                                                                        

76 TOTAL CREDITS                                     

*Represents needed electives

Gary McMinn, Department Chair
256/352-8217
gary.mcminn@wallacestate.edu

Jonathan Minyard, Instructor
256-352-8235
jonathan.minyard@wallacestate.edu

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