This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program. Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.
The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production, resulting in a finished product.
Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement, and high-speed multi-axis machining.
Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapidprototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competences in manufacturing/mechanical production, computers, manual machine operation, CNC machining operation, setup, and programming of various systems, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aiding manufacturing (CAM), and programming of coordinate measure machines.
- Demonstrate an ability to think critically about technical problems, communicate effectively, and perform as a responsible professional.
- Understand ethical/social responsibility, respect for diversity, and commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.