Precision Machining & CNC Automation
The Precision Machining & CNC Automation program consists of specialized classroom instruction, along with projects and lab experiences that concern the machining of metals and plastics. Students learn how to set up and operate the following types of machines: contour saw, drill press, lathe, milling machine grinder, and CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machines. Instruction also includes the use of precision measuring instruments, such as, layout and inspection tools, micrometer, and gauges. Classroom and practical experiences teach students: CNC programming, use of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) processes, and to set up and perform advanced level machining operations. Related trade math and blueprint reading are taught as a part of the program and are used extensively in laboratory activities.
CAD/CAM processes and CNC machining activities play an increasingly important role in the industry. A major program focus is development of knowledge and skills that meet requirements of the industry. Machinists are trained to perform these tasks as an integral part of the engineering and manufacturing process. The machinery and materials used are those commonly found in the precision machine industry. Instruction is provided in safe practices, which are critical in this industry, and the use of tools, equipment, materials and processes found in the machining industry.
The Precision Machining & CNC Automation program takes approximately 11 months (1200 hours) to complete.
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
- NIMS Machining Level 1 - CNC Milling: Programming & Setup Operations
- NIMS Machining Level 1 - CNC Turning: Programming & Setup Operations
- NIMS Machining Level 1 - CNC Milling
- NIMS Machining Level 1 - CNC Turning
Obtainment Time Frame: In program
Language, math and reading competencies are pre-assessed. The required basic skills grade levels are Reading-9, Math-9, and Language-8 and must be met prior to program completion.
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Milling, Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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