PRECISION MACHINING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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PRECISION MACHINING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Precision.  Quality.  High-speed machining.  That’s what it takes to create many of the items in your home and office.  And, if the items weren’t created by precision machining technology, then the machinery and equipment needed to produce these products were developed using it.

In our program, students are taught how to select the right machining process, plan that process, and operate computer numerical control (CNC) and manual precision machine tools to create parts or products.  Our state-of-the-art lab includes 4- and 5-Axis machining centers, CNC milling machines and lathes, a three-dimensional printer, electrical discharge machining (EDM) equipment, and other industry-standard equipment for students to use in hands-on labs.  All labs are supervised by instructors with industry experience.  The precision machining capstone projects help to prepare students for a challenging career in this high demand field.  With this degree, graduates can choose careers including machining, CNC programming, mold/die making, quality control, or machine tool manufacturing.

The Precision Machining Technology program contributes to the green economy by recycling steel, aluminum, carbide inserts, brass and copper wire.  Biodegradable metal cutting fluids and solutions are used to help reduce water, air, and soil contamination.

The Precision Machining Technology program is certified with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  Students have the opportunity to earn NIMS level I certifications in a variety of machining skills.

It is a graduation requirement of the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.

Program Mission

The mission of the Precision Machining Technology program is to prepare students with the skills, knowledge, and attributes required for the completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Precision Machining Technology field. 

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Technical skills and knowledge needed to transform ideas and drawings into precision machined parts.
  • Precision machining skills on manual and computer operated machines.
  • Mathematical skills to compute the needed formulas required for accurate set up, location, feeds, speeds, and coordinates to produce precision machined parts.
  • Communication, professionalism, and team building skills that will enhance job performance.

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
PMT 105 Precision Machining Practices I 7
PMT 110 Precision Machining Practices II 3
PMT 125 CNC Programming – Milling 4
PMT 145 Quality Control & Precision Measurements 4
PMT 210 Fundamentals of CAD/CAM 3
PMT 225 Applied CNC Programming 6
PMT 230 Advanced CAD/CAM 3
PMT 231 Advanced CNC Machining Applications 3
PMT 240 Introduction to SolidWorks Design and Modeling 3
PMT 291 Precision Machining Capstone Course 6
Optional:
PMT 190 Precision Machining Technology Internship (4)
    SUB-TOTAL 42-46
     

 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
Must Include:  
PHY 101/102 College Physics 4
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
DDT 135 Introductory Drafting Fundamentals 3
WLT 128 Basic Welding 3
    SUB-TOTAL 6
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 68-72

 

PMT  105  Precision Machining Practices I.  This course provides the foundation for the use of precision machine technology, hand tools, machining processes, Machinery’s Handbook, measuring instruments, and manual machines for the precision machining trade.  Emphasis is placed on skill development through projects in the lab.  7 credit hours.

 

PMT  110  Precision Machining Practices II.  This course will continue the use of the knowledge and skills developed in Precision Machining Practices I.  Emphasis is placed on completion of the National Institute of Manufacturing Skills (NIMS) projects and other lab projects.  Prerequisite:  PMT 105 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  125  CNC Programming - Milling.  This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of computer numerical control (CNC) as applied to milling machines.  Instruction includes part planning, tooling usage, writing programs, and machine set-up and operation.  Through laboratory assignments, students apply programming techniques and operate CNC equipment to produce machined projects.  Prerequisite:  PMT 105 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

PMT  145  Quality Control & Precision Measurements.  This course is an introduction to quality control and focuses on the fundamentals of precision measurements for students who are pursuing careers in precision machining technology or related technical fields. Topics include fundamentals of statistics, control chart variables and attributes, reliability, quality costs, sampling plans, measurements, and probability. Students will be prepared to earn Precision Measurement NC3 Instrument Certification.  4 credit hours.

 

PMT  190  Precision Machining Technology Internship.  The Precision Machining Technology Internship is a planned work experience comprised of 320 hours of paid on-the-job training in a machining related field requiring the student to perform a variety of tasks.  The student will be required to work eight hours per day for eight weeks.  A training agreement between the employer, the student and the college is required.  The student will submit a weekly summary of activities (tasks performed).  Note:  Elective courses may be substituted for internship courses at the discretion or approval of the department.  Prerequisites:  PMT 110 and PMT 125 with a grade of “C” or better and as stated in the Internship Handbook.  4 credit hours.

 

PMT  196  Machining Essentials.  This course teaches how to safely perform fundamental machining operations using mills, lathes, and other machine shop equipment.  Precision measurement skills are also included.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  210  Fundamentals of CAD/CAM.  This course introduces the concepts and practices associated with using computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to create programs for computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines.  Instruction includes geometry creation and modification; process and toolpath planning; and toolpath generation.  Through laboratory assignments, students apply programming techniques and operate CNC equipment to produce machined projects.  Prerequisite:  PMT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  225  Applied CNC Programming.  This is an advanced computer numerical control (CNC) G-code programming class for the CNC lathe, CNC mill, and wire electrical discharge machine (EDM).  Through laboratory assignments, students apply programming techniques and operate CNC equipment to produce machined projects.  Prerequisite:  PMT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.

 

PMT  230  Advanced CAD/CAM.  This course provides instruction on how to use computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to create advanced toolpath programs for three-dimensional, 4th and 5th axis milling machines, wire electrical discharge machines (EDM) and computer numerical control (CNC) lathes.  Students build upon concepts learned in the Fundamentals of CAD/CAM class.  Prerequisite:  PMT 210 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  PMT 231.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  231  Advanced CNC Machining Applications.  This course provides students with an advanced computer numerical control (CNC) machining lab to apply advanced computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) concepts and implement CAD/CAM project designs by setting up and operating complex 4- and 5-axis machining and turning centers.  Prerequisite:  PMT 225 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  PMT 230.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  240  Introduction to SolidWorks Design and Modeling.  This course teaches the essential knowledge and skills to create parametric solid parts, assemblies and drawings.  A conceptual foundation of solids is developed through case study based design projects.  3 credit hours.

 

PMT  291  Precision Machining Capstone Course.  This is a project-oriented course that incorporates all machining operations into a real world scenario.  The projects include necessary process documentation, computer numerical control (CNC), computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), and manual machining operations.  The student will design and make metal stamping or plastic injection tooling.  Prerequisites:  PMT 210 and PMT 225 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.

 

PMT 299  Special Topics in Precision Machining Technology.  Special Topics in Precision Machining Technology (PMT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other PMT courses.  Topics covered in other PMT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.