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Machine Tool Operation Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314201

In the one-year Machine Tool Operation program, you learn to operate machine tools such as engine lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and computer numerical controlled machines. Upon graduation, you have the skills needed to become a CNC operator, machine set-up operator, machine tool operator, machinist, and maintenance mechanic. You may also choose to further your career options by continuing with the second-year of the Machine Tool CNC Technician program.

Follow Your Path

• All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the first two semesters of the following program:
• 324441, Machine Tool - CNC Technician
Career Pathway Bridge available for students needing additional support to meet program entry requirements.

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Employment Potential

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

CNC 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 lathes and machine centers.

Machine Set-Up Operator: sets up and operates a variety of machine tools such as radial drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and grinders; machines metal work pieces, tool, or die parts; analyzes specifications; and determines tooling.

Machine Tool Operator: shapes metal to precise dimensions by using machine tools and operates machines such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine equipment.

Machinist: analyzes specifications; lays out metal stock; sets up and operates machine tools; and operates a variety of machine tools such as radial drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and grinders to machine a variety of metal work pieces.

Maintenance Machinist: 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.

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

• All-Around Machinist
• Journeylevel Machinist
• Pattern Maker
• Set-Up Machinist
• Shop Supervisor
• Tool and Die Maker

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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).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Machine Tool technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
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.
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, percentages, practical plane geometry, solid figures, trigonometry, and statistics. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 4200; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 50; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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)
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)
31-420-341 MACHINE TOOL/CNC 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)
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.
31-420-342 INTRO TO MACHINE TOOLS/CNC ...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)
31-420-344 INTRO TO MACHINE TOOL/CNC APPLICATION ...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)
31-420-353 BASIC MACHINE TOOLS/CNC ...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)
31-420-354 BASIC MACHINE TOOL/CNC APPLICATION ...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)
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19
SECOND SEMESTER
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)
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)
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)
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)
31-420-355 INTERMEDIATE MACHINE TOOLS/CNC ...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)
31-420-359 INTERMEDIATE MACHINE TOOL/CNC APPLICATION ...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)
31-420-361 INTEGRATING MACHINE TOOLS/CNC ...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)
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)
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 ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment scores OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
35
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop.
• Interpret industrial/engineering drawings.
• Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection.
• Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation.
• Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools.

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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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