Course Descriptions



Machining Technology Theory I

Credit(s): 4

This course consists of learning terminology, measuring systems, and using measuring tools. Some of the instruments used are hand tools, mechanical instruments, lathes, and mills. Students will use shop math for problem solving. Machining Technology Theory is necessary for the safe, efficient operation of industrial machinery. Lecture: 4 hours per week


Machining Technology Lab I

Credit(s): 6

This course consists of machining projects designed to promote machining skills on all shop machinery and hand tools. Projects are graded to assure that blueprint tolerances are met. Skills learned in theory sessions are transferred to the lab through projects. Students must acquire their own tools, but may use shop tools temporarily. A tool list is supplied to students at the beginning of the course. Lab: 17 hours per week


Machining Technology Lab II

Credit(s): 5

This course is a continuation of MACH 151L. Students continue to progressively attempt more difficult projects. These projects will utilize an assortment of materials and machining strategies related to industry standards. The honing of skills and effective time management are emphasized. Lab: 15 hours per week


Precision Measuring

Credit(s): 1

This course consists of learning terminology, measuring systems, and using measuring tools. Instruments used include hand tools, micrometers, calipers, scales, height gauges, and other measuring devices. Success is dependent on being able to read precision measuring instruments and applying it to real manufactured parts as related to the machining industry.


Basics of Cutter Geometry

Credit(s): 1

This course will teach students the basics of cutter geometry for various cutters related to drills, lathe bits, end mills, and profile cutters as they pertain to the machining industry.


Manufacturing Processes

Credit(s): 4

This course covers manufacturing strategies from interchangeability of common parts through various "waves" of production techniques including "Lean Manufacturing" as practiced in the Toyota Production System and others. This course also includes an introduction to Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and Word Address programming. Lecture: 4 hours per week


Blueprint Reading I

Credit(s): 2

This course consists of a series of exercises involving visualization skills. This series takes students from basic knowledge to a point where they can interpret simple orthographic blueprints. Blueprint reading is essential to produce required work pieces on machines. Lecture: 2 hours per week


Blueprint Reading II

Credit(s): 2

This course is a continuation of MACH 171 with an emphasis on more complex prints, geometric dimensioning, and tolerancing. Lecture: 2 hours per week


CNC Theory

Credit(s): 3

This course covers the history of CNC, Basic Word Address Programming (G and M codes), CNC lathe basics, operation and set-up of CNC machining center, Haas control simulators, and a Mastercam 2 ½ D tool paths for mills. Students will earn entry-level CNC skills facilitating employment as a CNC operator or machinist. Mastercam student version required. Lecture: 6 hours per week Prerequisites: MACH-151, MACH-151L, MACH-152L, MACH-160, MACH-171, MACH-172, MACH-185


Design for Manufacturing

Credit(s): 1

This course will expose Computer Aided Design Technology - Mechanical students to basic manufacturing processes, concepts, and principles that will help prepare them with skills needed in the mechanical design industry. Students will be exposed to various manufacturing methods including machining, casting, welding, prototyping, and composites. Lecture: 1 hour per week


Computers in Machining

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide students with extensive experience with CAD/CAM systems. Students will use PCs to prepare for employment in the computerized manufacturing workplace with the opportunity to become certified in Master CAM Mill. Students will also explore other software applications commonly used in the workplace. Lecture: 4 hours per week


Advanced Machining Lab I

Credit(s): 5

This course is a hands on learning experience using tools and techniques discussed in the first year machining program and MACH 253. Students will gain experience on such machines as CNC lathes, CNC mills, precision grinders, as well as practice on advanced techniques on other manual machines. Lab: 15 hours per week
Prerequisites: MACH-152L


Advanced Machining Lab II

Credit(s): 5

This course offers hands on experience under work like conditions and in depth CNC and manual projects that build on skills acquired in MACH 253L. Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the necessary skills to be employed as an entry level machinist. Lab: 11 hours per week
Prerequisites: MACH-253L


Intermediate Blueprint Reading

Credit(s): 3

This course will teach students to interpret advanced drawings and blueprints as well as make sketches with dimensions and additional information necessary to complete projects. Study of all types of section views, complex drawings, and unusual methods of drawing parts to better show features will also be completed. Students will receive hands-on experience sketching and interpreting sketches. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: MACH-172


Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to the concepts used in the machine trades known as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. It builds on prior knowledge of blueprints and machined parts and applies that knowledge to "geometric toleranced" drawings. Students will learn the terminology and definitions of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and how to apply its concepts. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Computer Numerical Control Theory I

Credit(s): 5

This course introduces students to the standard practices and methods used in CNC machining for the CNC lathe and CNC milling machine. Students will be familiarized with the different types of controls and machines. Students will also learn basic programming, setup, and part production. Lecture: 5 hours per week
Corequisites: MACH-253L


Advanced Machining Processes And Techniques

Credit(s): 5

This course will teach students more complex methods and setups as well as be exposed to other types of CNC machines. They will also learn precision grinding and finishing skills, tool and cutter grinding, fixturing, and production planning. Lecture: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: MACH-283