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    Oct 21, 2021  
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog 

Manufacturing Technology, A.A.S. (A50320)

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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 a program advisor.

This is a course of study that prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to identify and resolve production problems in the manufacture of products. Includes instruction in machine operations and CNC principles, production line operations, instrumentation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and other computerized production techniques, manufacturing planning, quality control, quality assurance and informational infrastructure. Graduates should qualify for employment as a manufacturing technician, quality assurance technician, CAD/CAM technician, team leader, or research and development technician.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to a manufacturing problem requiring limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical Manufacturing Technology environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of a need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing development.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  7. Solve basic problems with conversions.
  8. Be able to utilize spreadsheets as an analysis tool.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply basic industrial safety concepts including basic electrical and fire safety, PPE (personal protective equipment) and hazardous communication requirements.
  10. Be able to interpret multi-view drawings and specifications.
  11. Identify sensors that can be used in industry and understand how they work in an automation system.
  12. Learn about various quality systems including Six-Sigma and know the methodology used.
  13. Be able to analyze basic work flow and determine best setup to use.
  14. Understand the basic principles of AC and DC circuits.
  15. Demonstrate a basic understanding of mechanical systems and gearing.

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. ELC 131 , MAT 171  


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Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Program Hours: 65

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