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Machine Tool - CNC Technician Program Code 324441

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay and Marinette campuses. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Machine Tool - CNC Technician program offers students an additional year of hands-on computer controlled machining and advanced programming experience for graduates of the Machine Tool Operation program.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician/ Programmer Operator: sets up and operates computer numerical controlled machine tools working from blueprints and set-up sheets; sets up fixturing and tooling; produces and inspects parts; and edits CNC programs on CNC lathes and machining centers.

Jig and Fixture Apprentice/Trainee: lays out, fits, and assembles parts to make and repair cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, or machinist’s hand tools by analyzing specifications.

Machinist Apprentice/Trainee: sets up and operates a variety of machine tools; and fits and assembles parts to fabricate or repair machine tools and to maintain industrial machines.

Manufacturing Engineering Technician: supports production in a CNC machining environment.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Journey Level Machinist
. Pattern Maker
. Mold Maker
. Tool and Die Maker
. CNC Programmer
. Machine Shop Foreperson/Supervisor

Program Outcomes

. Control multiple axis CNC machines.
. Use efficient production set up techniques.
. Use advanced CNC programming techniques.
. Control optional features of CNC machines.
. Design and construct jigs, fixtures, dies and molds.
. Use precision measuring practices.
. Use EIA/ISO G & M codes for CNC programming.
. Set up and operate milling machines.
. Know and apply Statistical Process Control (SPC).
. Set up and operate computerized electrical discharge machines.
. Set up and operate grinding machines.
. Set up and operate sawing machines.
. Set up and operate drilling machines.
. Complete basic welding processes.
. Program and operate computerized numerical control milling machines.
. Program and operate computerized numerical control lathes.
. Identify fluid power components.
. Know and apply ISO 9000 quality practices.
. Know and apply mathematics.
. Set up and operate engine lathes.
. Interpret working drawings.
. Work from blueprints and sketches.
. Know and apply basic metallurgy.
. Know and apply shop safety practices.
. Understand and apply cutting tool speeds and feeds.
. Perform 2-D CAM operations.
. Program 3-D surface machining operations.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are: Reading Comprehension: 55; Arithmetic: 65; Sentence Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan will complete the Machine Tool - CNC Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-420-100 CNC Interface Methods
1
10-804-104 Math 2-Trades
2
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
31-420-336 Intro to CNC Milling Operation
1
31-420-337 Intro to G-Code and CAM 1
2
31-420-341 Machine Tool Set-Ups
2
31-420-345 Machine Shop 1
4
31-420-346 Machine Shop 2
4
31-421-352 Blueprint Rdg/Sket-Mach 1
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER

31-420-339 Intro to CNC Turning Operation
1
31-420-340 Intro to G-Code & CAM 2
2
31-420-347 Cutting Tool Technology
1
31-420-356 Machine Shop 3
4
31-420-357 Machine Shop 4
4
31-421-362 Blueprint Rdg/Sket-Mach 2
2
31-422-359 Metallurgy for Machinist
1
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

31-442-361 Welding-Machine Trades
1
32-420-306 Stamping Die Construction
4
32-420-307 EDM & Waterjet Machining
2
32-420-308 Quality Control Applications
1
32-420-335 CNC Turning Operation
3
32-420-336 CNC Machining Center Oper
3
32-420-337 3D CAM Programming
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER

32-420-300 Mold Die Construction
4
32-420-301 Fixture and Tool Making
4
32-420-303 Fixture and Tooling Design
2
32-420-310 CNC Techniques-Adv
4
32-420-312 CNC Machine Mechanics
1
32-420-342 Multi-Axis CAM Programming
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
17

TOTAL CREDITS
69

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-420-100 CNC INTERFACE METHODS ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to develop and learn the computer interface skills needed to operate and program CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, through the machines' HMI (Human Machine Interface) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) system.

31-420-336 INTRO TO CNC MILLING OPERATIONS ...shop safety around CNC milling machines, CNC milling machine controls and preparing basic G-Code milling programs. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisite: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades)

31-420-337 INTRO TO G-CODE AND CAM 1 ...CNC basics, Cartesian coordinate systems, G-Code programs for milling machines, using a personal computer to create geometry and programs using CAD CAM systems for CNC milling machines. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisites: 10-420-100, CNC Interface Methods; 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades)

31-420-339 INTRO TO CNC TURNING OPERATIONS ...shop safety around CNC turning machines, CNC turning machine controls, preparing basic G-Code lathe programs, set up, and operation of CNC turning machines. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Machine Tool Operation, CNC or Machine Tool Technics program; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling Operations; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1)

31-420-340 INTRO TO G-CODE & CAM 2 ...computer controlled milling machines, basic programming on computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems, fundamental programming of computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, and turning machines. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Machine Tool Operation, CNC or Machine Tool Technics program; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling Operations; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1)

31-420-341 MACHINE TOOL SET-UPS ...CNC mill and lathe-tool holder selection, loading and unloading tools, work holding, setting part zero, fixture offsets, setting length and dial offsets, boring bars, and bar feeding. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisites: 10-804-102, Math 2-Trades)

31-420-345 MACHINE SHOP 1 ...shop safety, measuring tools/layout, power saw theory/operation, basic theory, operation of drilling machines, bench work, basic engine lathe operation, basic vertical, horizontal, CNC milling machine, surface grinder. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisite: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades)

31-420-346 MACHINE SHOP 2 ...safety, measuring tools/layout, power saw operation, drilling machine operation basic/theory and operation of engine lathes, basic theory/operation vertical/horizontal milling machines, CNC milling, lathe operation, surface grinder operations. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisites: 31-420-345, Machine Shop 1; 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades)

31-420-347 CUTTING TOOL TECHNOLOGY ...tool materials, tool geometry, lathe tools, milling cutters, cutting speeds/feeds, drills, reamers, taps, threading tools, carbide inserts, and diamond, ceramic, Cermet and polycrystalline cutting tools. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC)

31-420-356 MACHINE SHOP 3 ...shop safety, measuring tools/layout, power saws, drilling machine operation, intermediate engine lathed operation and vertical horizontal, CNC milling machine operation, theory/operating grinding machines, operating CNC turning centers. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; 31-420-346, Machine Shop 2; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling Operations; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1)

31-420-357 MACHINE SHOP 4 ...shop safety, measuring tools, power saw operation, drilling machines, bench work and maintenance, advanced engine lathe operation, advanced vertical horizontal and CNC milling operation, grinding machine operation, and CNC turning centers. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Corequisite: 31-420-356, Machine Shop 3)

31-421-352 BLUEPRINT READING/SKETCHING-MACHINE 1 ...fundamentals of sketching, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, sectional views, dimensioning, precision and non-precision measurement, and general print reading.

31-421-362 BLUEPRINT READING/SKETCHING-MACHINE TRADES 2 ...blueprint reading, tolerancing, surface finishes, fits (inch & metric), basic welding symbols, casting, stamping, gearing and CAM drawings, and basic geometric tolerancing and dimensioning. (Prerequisite: 31-421-352, Blueprint Reading Sketching-Machine Trades I)

31-422-359 METALLURGY FOR MACHINIST ...manufacture of iron and steel, basic composition of metals, metal identification, applied heat treating processes.

31-442-361 WELDING-MACHINE TRADES ...oxyacetylene, brazing, soldering, cutting and hardsurfacing, beads and types of joints, plasma arc cutting, gas metal arc, tungsten metal arc welding.

32-420-300 MOLD DIE CONSTRUCTION ...squaring plates, boring/milling/turning components, grinding/polishing operations, heat treating, fitting ejector systems, heating/cooling systems, applying fasteners, engraving/stamping, RAM EDM machining, molding machine setup. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the CNC program; completion of Machine Tool Operation program)

32-420-301 FIXTURE AND TOOL MAKING ...performing various machining, heat-treating, and assembly operations necessary to produce a tool or fixture to be used in a typical manufacturing process. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the CNC program; completion of the Machine Tool Operation program; Corequisite: 32-420-303, Fixture and Tooling Design)

32-420-303 FIXTURE AND TOOLING DESIGN ...interpreting tool and fixturing prints, designing a tool or fixture to be used in a typical manufacturing process. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the CNC program; completion of the Machine Tool Operation program; Corequisite: 32-420-301, Fixture and Tool Making)

32-420-306 STAMPING DIE CONSTRUCTION ...machine die blocks, punches, punch plates, gages, stops, strippers, die shoes using CNC lathes, CNC mills, CNC wire EDM; assemble components into a working die set; set-up on punch press. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; 31-420-357, Machine Shop 4)

32-420-307 EDM & WATERJET MACHINING ...electrical discharge machining (EDM), high speed machining concepts, rapid setup and quick change over procedures, abrasive waterjet, abrasive flow, chemical machining, laser and plasma, palletizing systems. (Prerequisites: Accepted into CNC; Completion of the Machine Tool Operation program; Corequisites: 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-306, Stamping Die Construction)

32-420-308 QUALITY CONTROL APPLICATIONS ...ISO 9000 concepts, Statistical Process Control (SPC) theory and applications, coordinate measuring machine setup and applications, surface texture measurement concepts, and applications for geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), optical comparator and high amplification techniques. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program)

32-420-310 CNC TECHNIQUES-ADV ...Mill 4th and 5th multi-axis programming, parametric programming, 3D surface machining, productivity optimization, lathe live tooling, and c-axis control. (Prerequisites: Accepted into CNC program; 32-420-335, CNC Turning Operation; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center Oper; Corequisite: 32-420-342, Multi-Axis CAM Programming)

32-420-312 CNC MACHINE MECHANICS ...CNC machine hydraulics, pneumatics, control, and drive systems. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the CNC program or completion of the Machine Tool Operation program)

32-420-335 CNC TURNING OPERATION ...equipment overview, production planning, machine start-up, control panel operations, CNC control tools, operational codes and functions, operation modes and CNC code generation. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Machine Tool Operation or CNC; Completion of the Machine Tool Operation program)

32-420-336 CNC MACHINING CENTER OPERATION ...equipment overview, production planning, machine start-up, control panel operations, CNC control tools, operational codes and functions, operation modes and CNC code generation. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the CNC program or completion of the Machine Tool Operation program)

32-420-337 3D CAM PROGRAMMING ...basic AutoCAD, CNC production planning, advanced 2D programming, 3D surface programming, computer-assisted CNC programming. (Prerequisite: 31-420-349, G-Code & CAM 2)

32-420-342 MULTI-AXIS CAM PROGRAMMING ...CNC process modeling, 4th axis indexing, advanced CNC lathe programming, 4th axis CNC wire EDM programming, and CNC fabrication punch/burner programming applications. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the CNC program; 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming)

10-804-104 MATH 2-TRADES ...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of solving equations, ratio, proportion, percents, practical plane geometry, solid figures, trigonometry, and statistics. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=18 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading) 2 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

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