What is Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Technology?
Work activities in machine shop involve applying knowledge of machine capabilities, the properties of materials, and shop practices to set-up and operate various machines. The skills needed to position work pieces, adjust machines, and verify the accuracy of machine functions and finish products are taught by classroom instruction, demonstration, and hands on experience.
Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines to produce precision metal parts. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals such as steel, cast iron, aluminum, and brass and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.
What are my career choices?
Machine tool technicians make things happen. Employment opportunities are steadily increasing; almost every product manufactured requires the skills of a highly trained machine tool technician. You will find opportunities for employment in manufacturing plants, private machine shops and through self-employment.
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Computerized Manufacturing and Machining: 65-68 credit hours
- Exploratory Machining I: 12 credit hours
- Machine Tool Operator I: 15-20 credit hours
- Machine Tool Operator II: 23-31 credit hours
Upon completion of the program, a graduate can:
- Practice safe working conditions of personal dress, proper use of hand tools, metrology equipment, conventional power equipment, CNC equipment, and hazardous materials and storage techniques.
- Setup and operate conventional lathes and mills performing machining operations and holding tolerances that are required by curriculum task lists in alignment with national standards set by NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills).
- Setup and operate drill press and sawing machines to perform operations and hold tolerances that are required by the curriculum and national standards set by NIMS.
- Read and interpret prints to the satisfaction of part production and satisfaction of national standards set by NIMS.
- Schedule job operations in chronological sequence in which parts would be produced in an industrial setting.
- Identify metal shapes and metallurgical properties to properly identify uses of materials and machining specifications.
- Perform time estimates on part production including machine cost, material consumption, employee allocation, and tooling consumption.
- Perform cutting speed calculations for various materials to achieve optimum tool life and part production.
- Produce manual written and computer aided manufacturing programs to utilize on CNC equipment.
- Perform setup operations on CNC lathes and mills as well as sinker EDM machines to the satisfaction of national standards set by NIMS.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.