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Machine Tool - CNC Technician - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 324441

As a computer numerical control technician/programmer operator, you play an important role in today's modern manufacturing environments. You set up and operate computer numerical controlled machine tools, working from blueprints and set-up sheets. You set up fixturing and tooling, produce and inspect parts, and edit CNC programs on CNC lathes and machining centers. As a graduate of the Machine Tool-CNC Technician program, you're also prepared for a career as a jig and fixture apprentice/trainee, or a manufacturing engineering technician. With additional education and/or work experience, you may become a journey level machinist, pattern maker, mold maker, tool and die maker, CNC programmer, or machine shop foreperson/supervisor.

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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

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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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
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Marinette
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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
10-420-100 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. Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
10-804-104
Math 2-Trades
2
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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 2 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-420-336
Intro to CNC Milling Operation
1
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; Corequisites: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades; 10-420-100 CNC Interface Methods) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-337
Intro to G-Code and CAM 1
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-341
Machine Tool Set-Ups
2
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 program; Corequisites: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1; 31-420-342 Intro to Machine Tools) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-342
Intro to Machine Tools
2
31-420-342 INTRO TO MACHINE TOOLS ...learners will be introduced to and demonstrate the practice of machine shop safety rules and policies. They will be introduced to the operation of vertical band saws, drill presses, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills, conventional knee mills and layout tables. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; Corequisites: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades; 31-421-352, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Machine 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-344
Intro to Mach Tool Application
2
31-420-344 INTRO TO MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS ...learners will apply their knowledge from Machine Tool-Intro to produce machined parts on machine tools such as: vertical band saws, drill presses, pedestal grinders, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills, conventional knee mills, heat treat ovens and layout tables. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; Corequisites: 10-804-104 Math 2-Trades; 31-421-352 Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 1; 31-420-342 Intro to Machine Tools) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-353
Basic Machine Tools
2
31-420-353 BASIC MACHINE TOOLS ...learners will demonstrate the practice of machine shop safety rules and policies. Learners will be introduced to the basic operation of CNC mills and CNC lathes. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; Corequisites: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades; 31-421-352, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 1; 31-420-344, Intro to Machine Tool Applications; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code & CAM 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-354
Basic Machine Tool Application
2
31-420-354 BASIC MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS ...learners will apply their knowledge from Intro to Machine Tool Applications and Basic Machine Tools to produce machined parts on CNC mills and lathes, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills and knee mills with various types of carbide tooling. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Machine Tool Operation or CNC program; Corequisites: 10-804-104, Math 2-Trades; 31-421-352, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 1; 31-420-353, Basic Machine Tools; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code & CAM 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-421-352
Blueprint Rdg/Sket-Mach 1
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER
31-420-339
Intro to CNC Turning Operation
1
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 or CNC program; 10-420-100 CNC Interface Methods; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling Operations; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-340
Intro to G-Code & CAM 2
2
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 or CNC program; 10-420-100 CNC Interface Methods; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling Operations; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code and CAM 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-347
Cutting Tool Technology
1
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: 31-420-354, Basic Machine Tool Applications) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-355
Intermediate Machine Tools
2
31-420-355 INTERMEDIATE MACHINE TOOLS ...learners will demonstrate the practice of machine shop safety rules and policies. They will develop intermediate level knowledge of CNC mills, lathes and machining centers, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills and knee mills and heat treat ovens. (Prerequisites: 31-420-354, Basic Machine Tool Applications; 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code & CAM 1; Corequisites: 31-421-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 2; 31-420-340, Intro to G-Code & CAM 2; 31-420-339, Intro to CNC Turning) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-359
Intermediate Machine Tool Appl
2
31-420-359 INTERMEDIATE MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS ...learners will practice and develop intermediate skills to produce more complex parts on CNC mills, lathes and machining centers, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills and knee mills and heat treat ovens. (Prerequisites: 31-420-336, Intro to CNC Milling; 31-420-337, Intro to G-Code & CAM 1; Corequisites: 31-421-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 2; 31-420-355, Intermediate Machine Tools; 31-420-340, Intro to G-Code & CAM 2; 31-420-339, Intro to CNC Turning) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-361
Integrating Machine Tools
2
31-420-361 INTEGRATING MACHINE TOOLS ...learners will demonstrate the practice of machine shop safety rules and policies. They will develop more knowledge of complex setups and measuring operations on CNC mills, lathes and machining centers, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills and knee mills and heat treat ovens. (Corequisites: 31-421-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 2; 31-420-359, Intermediate Machine Tool Applications; 31-420-340, Intro to G-Code & CAM 2; 31-420-339, Intro to CNC Turning) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-420-362
Integrating Machine Tool Apps
2
31-420-362 INTEGRATING MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS ...learners will practice and develop the skills to integrate more complex setups and measuring operations to produce parts on CNC mills, lathes and machining centers, precision grinders, conventional lathes and horizontal mills, conventional vertical mills and knee mills and heat treat ovens. (Corequisites: 31-421-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 2; 31-420-359, Intermediate Machine Tool Applications; 31-420-340, Intro to G-Code & CAM 2; 31-420-339, Intro to CNC Turning) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-421-362
Blueprint Rdg/Sket-Mach 2
2
31-421-362 BLUEPRINT READING/SKETCHING-MACHINE TRADES 2 ...blueprint reading, tolerancing, fits (inch & metric), basic welding symbols, casting, and basic GD&T (geometric tolerancing and dimensioning). (Prerequisite: 31-421-352, Blueprint Reading Sketching-Machine Trades I) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-422-359
Metallurgy for Machinist
1
31-422-359 METALLURGY FOR MACHINIST ...manufacture of iron and steel, basic composition of metals, metal identification, applied heat treating processes.
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
31-442-361
Welding-Machine Trades
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-307
EDM & Waterjet Machining
2
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. (Corequisite: 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-308
Quality Control Applications
1
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: 31-420-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-Mach 2) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-315
Punch Assembly Construction
2
32-420-315 PUNCH ASSEMBLY CONSTRUCTION ...the learner will become acquainted with the skills, knowledge and processes required to design a stamped part, stock strip and manufacture a punch assembly for a basic stamping die. (Prerequisites: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools; Corequisites: 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-337 EDM & Waterjet Machining; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-316
Die Assembly Construction
2
32-420-316 DIE ASSEMBLY CONSTRUCTION ...the learner will become acquainted with the skills, knowledge and processes required to manufacture a die assembly for a basic stamping die, along with die assembly and short run production of piece parts. (Prerequisite: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools; Corequisites: 32-420-337 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-307, EDM & Waterjet Machining; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-335
CNC Turning Operation
3
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. (Prerequisite: 31-420-361 Integrating Machine Tools) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-336
CNC Machining Center Oper
3
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: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-337
3D CAM Programming
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
32-420-303
Fixture and Tooling Design
2
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; Corequisites: 32-420-317 Fixture & Tool Making; 32-420-318 Fixture & Tool Making Applied) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-312
CNC Machine Mechanics
1
32-420-312 CNC MACHINE MECHANICS ...CNC machine hydraulics, pneumatics, control, and drive systems. (Prerequisite: 31-421-362, Blueprint Reading/Sket-2) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-313
Intro to Mold Die
2
32-420-313 INTRO TO MOLD DIE ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of interpreting mold die prints, types of mold dies, identify mold plates, ejector pins, sprues, slides, cavities and cores, runners, gates, leader pins/bushings, selecting material to be molded and the functional design of a mold die. They will also understand the process of selecting the proper materials for mold plates and components. (Prerequisite: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools; Corequisites: 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-307, EDM & Waterjet Machining; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-314
Mold Die Construction
2
32-420-313 MOLD DIE CONSTRUCTION ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of squaring plates, milling/boring/turning mold components, 3-dimensional machining operations, grinding/polishing operations, heat treating, fitting ejector systems, heating/cooling systems, applying fasteners, engraving/stamping, apply Ram EDM. Also to fit, assemble, trouble shoot, diagnose and run mold dies on a plastic injection molding machine. (Prerequisites: 32-420-337, 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-307, EDM & Waterjet Machining; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center; Corequisite: 32-420-313, Intro to Mold Die)
32-420-317
Intro to Fixture & Tool Making
2
32-420-317 INTRO TO FIXTURE & TOOL MAKING ...the learner will perform various machining and heat-treating processes necessary to produce components used to build a tool or fixture to be used in a typical manufacturing process. (Prerequisites: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools; 32-420-307, EDM & Waterjet Machining; Corequisites: 32-420-337 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-318
Fixture & Tool Making-Applied
2
32-420-318 FIXTURE & TOOL MAKING-APPLIED ...the learner will use various types of work holding and locating methods, produce a tool or fixture to be used in a typical manufacturing process. (Prerequisite: 31-420-361, Integrating Machine Tools; Corequisites: 32-420-337 3D CAM Programming; 32-420-307, EDM & Waterjet Machining; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-319
Multi-Axis Milling
2
32-420-319 MULTI-AXIS MILLING ...the course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of 3D surface machining, as well as 4 and 5-axis indexing and milling processes. (Prerequisites: 32-420-335, CNC Turning Operation; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center; Corequisite: 32-420-342, Multi-Axis CAM Programming) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-320
Multi-Axis CNC Turning
1
32-420-320 MULTI-AXIS CNC TURNING ...the course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of lathe live tooling, C-Axis programming, and bar feeder programming and operation. (Prerequisites: 32-420-335, CNC Turning Operation; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center; Corequisite: 32-420-342, Multi-Axis CAM Programming) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-322
CNC Programming Tech-Adv
1
32-420-322 CNC PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES-ADV ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the skills, knowledge, process and understanding of parametric programming (macros), advanced tooling, sub programming, and productivity optimization. (Prerequisites: 32-420-335, CNC Turning Operation; 32-420-336, CNC Machining Center; Corequisite: 32-420-342, Multi-Axis CAM Programming) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
32-420-342
Multi-Axis CAM Programming
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
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.

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.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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