Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Machining CNC/CAM Technology: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 30 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
Machining CNC/CAM Technology - trained machinists are continuously needed in engineering, manufacturing and fabrication companies and there are not enough new workers available to fill the entry-level positions. This 30-week, 31-credit hour curriculum provides students with the manual and CNC skills required for work as an entry-level machinist, equivalent to 6 months of on-the-job training. The two-semester certificate of completion in machining technology provides the student with the entry-level skills required for work as a machinist in industry and includes: manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining, CAD (Computer Assisted Design), CAM (Computer Assisted Manufacturing), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and manufacturing processes.

Career Opportunities:
Entry-level wages for machinists start between $10 and $12 per hour and a machinist with two to five years of work experience will earn between $28,000 and $50,000 per year.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx  
Course fees: $70

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Certificates of Completion contain instructional components in communication, computation, and human relations. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.

Program General Education Notes


Communication: any approved Communication (CM)  course.

Computation: MATH 1010  or
                         IND 1120

MATH 1010 is a prerequisite for the math courses required in the AS degree for students who may want to continue.

Human Relations: any approved Human Relations (HR)  course.

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Machining and CNC Skills: demonstrate knowledge of safety rules and identify the various machining processes and equipment, produce precision parts to design specification and demonstrate the ability to use precision measuring equipment, and demonstrate competency in the operation of lathes, grinders and mills. [1,3]

  • Produce CNC code and select the proper machining process by programming and building projects on CNC mills and lathes, demonstrate understanding of tolerance limits for each machining process and verify that projects meet blueprint requirements. [1,9] 

  • Related Cad and Design Knowledge and Skills: produce drawings that demonstrate competency in AutoCAD and are neat and professional; demonstrate proficiency with drawing and screen setup: layouts, layers, dimension styles, scale factors, blocks, profiles, and plotting; and demonstrate knowledge of CAD commands and use them appropriately for efficiency and accuracy. [1,4,9]

  • Demonstrate knowledge of solid modeling tools, creating and defining sketches, 3D features, mating assemblies, design tables, and fabrication and assembly drawings from models. Produce accurate parts, assemblies, and drawings per industry standard. Demonstrate the ability to analyze design intent and process. [1,4]

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing symbols and applications of form, function, and tolerances. Produce drawings with correctly applied symbols. Demonstrate understanding of the use of GD&T in automated manufacturing and quality inspection. [1,2,3]

  • Related Manufacturing Knowledge and Skills: demonstrate knowledge of industrial materials and processes and the principles of material behavior; demonstrate ability to apply this knowledge in hands-on lab experience with molding, casting and forming; and participate as a member of a design team to create designs and finished products. [1,4,7]

  • Learn basic principles of arc and acetylene welding. [1]

  • CAD/CAM and Teamwork: demonstrate the proper use of CAM software; demonstrate knowledge of post processing; be evaluated on their participation in a concurrent engineering team with other students to design, layout, and build a project; and produce project documentation and perform inspection on finished product. [1,2,4,5,7,9]

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