Dec 01, 2021  
2021-22 Gaston College Catalog 
2021-22 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. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non­technical manufacturing technology environments; and to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  2. Use spreadsheets as an analysis tool and apply other quality techniques appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Understand and apply basic industrial safety concepts.
  4. Understand the fundamental concepts of mechanical systems, gearing, engineering materials and production processes.
  5. Understand the application of sensors, actuators, valves and other components needed in automation systems including fluid flow and basic robotics.

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. MAT 171  
  2. ELC 131  


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Total Program Hours: 65

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