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    Apr 01, 2020  
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog 
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog

Computer - Integrated Machining, A.A.S. (A50210)

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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, rapid-prototyping 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 

Graduates will: 

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to think critically about technical problems, communicate effectively, and perform as a responsible professional.
  3. Understand ethical/social responsibility, respect for diversity, and commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. MAC 122 MAC 131 MAC 141 MAC 178  
  2. MAC 124 MAC 179 MAC 231 MAC 232  



Total Credit Hours: 12


Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Program Hours: 64

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