Dec 08, 2023  
2021-22 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 hands-on concepts of CNC and Manual Lathe including, Turning OD shoulders, Drilling, and Boring, Parting off, OD and ID Threading as well as OD and ID Grooving.
  2. Demonstrate hands-on concepts of CNC and Manual Milling including Facing, End Milling, Drilling, Tapping, Counter Boring, and Counter Sinking.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read blueprints as well as the ability to think critically in complex problem solving tasks.
  4. Demonstrate in depth knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance.
  5. Demonstrate the ability and knowledge to use and properly care for shop inspecting equipment including Dial and Veneer Calipers, OD and ID Micrometers, Metal Scales, Depth Micrometers, Height Gages, Gage Blocks and how to use and care for a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine).
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use an Offline tool pre-setter.
  7. Demonstrate Machinist level skills on how to run a CNC Turning Center, including, but not limited to Programming, Setting-up, and Operating the offsets in the machine parameters
    a. Machine controls we use are Haas, Fanuc, Mazak, Agie/Charmilles.
  8. Demonstrate Intermediate level skills using CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software with both CNC Turning Centers and Milling Machines
    a. Software used includes Fusion 360, and HSM Edit
  9. Demonstrate the ability to use CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) software to create and edit solid models.
    a. CAD software currently used is Autodesk Inventor 

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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