Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

(Effective Fall 2014)

The Automated Manufacturing major is designed to provide students with the opportunity for hands-on experience necessary for employment as a technician in the computer-enhanced manufacturing process. Full size (rather than miniature or small scale) equipment is utilized. Through the integration of mathematics, robotics, metallurgy, programmable machinery shop skills, and computer-assisted machining techniques, students can acquire the necessary skills for employment in an industrial environment. National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation enables our certified faculty to offer NIMS certification exams to our students. Students who successfully earn NIMS certification enjoy a competitive edge in the job market.

Career Opportunities

Programmer, engineer trainee, production specialist, CAM specialist, toolmaker, supervision, CIM technician.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science; machining experience or training.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the Automated Manufacturing website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this online catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ). They should do so prior to enrollment and in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work habits when working on machine tools.
  • operate basic machine tools.
  • demonstrate knowledge of programmable machine tools in milling, turning, handling, set up, and maintenance.
  • demonstrate knowledge of machining parameters, torque, feeds and speeds and motion control.
  • define input-output communication for automated machining operations.
  • demonstrate skills in computer aided manufacturing, robotics, and other automated manufacturing methods.
  • demonstrate hands-on experience on system operating modes, command entry methods, tool path, chip removal, program editing, programming, and program interfacing.
  • perform operations with a robot using robot arm geometry and work envelope.
  • apply systems knowledge.
  • demonstrate materials handling.
  • perform tooling operations.
  • perform Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) operations.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
MTT118 Mill Applications 4  
MTT119 Lathe Applications 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
CIM101 Basic Machine Tool Programming 3  
MTT212 Machine Tool Applications 4  
MTT127 Metrology/Quality Control 4  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits
CIM123 CNC Programming and Machining 4  
MTT222 Fixture Design and Fabrication 4  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
or
PHS115 College Physics I 4  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits
CIM205 Electrical Discharge Machining 3  
CIM220 CAD/CAM 3  
MTT216 Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment 4  
CIM221 CNC Applications 3  
CIM222 Robotic Applications 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4  
CIM206 Advanced CNC Programming 3  
CIM227 Material Handling/Fluid Power 3  
MET319 Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Accreditation

Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).