Industrial Technology - Machine Tool

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Program Description

The Machine Tool program prepares individuals for employment in an industrial setting as machinists and computer numerical control (CNC) programmer/ operators. Students gain experience operating different pieces of manufacturing equipment to include machine lathes, mills, grinders, and CAD/CAM software.

Program Competencies

The graduate is competent to:

  1. Use and operate machine tool equipment found in a modern manufacturing environment.
  2. Apply mathematical, scientific, analytical, and computer skills to solve industry-based technology problems.
  3. Demonstrate team dynamic concepts and document through oral presentations and written team assignments.
  4. Make accurate and precise measurements.
  5. Set-up and perform turning and milling operations.
  6. Set-up and perform grinding operations.
  7. Identify and write basic Computer Numerical Control (CNC) code for CNC and other automated computer controlled equipment.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in finding solutions to technical problems in industry.
  9. Demonstrate a broad range of measurement techniques.
  10. Identify and write CNC, 2D, and 3D tool path codes to control CNC equipment and identify tool path parameters prior to geometry creation.
  11. Design and construct basic jigs and fixtures as related to manufacturing and CNC production methods.
  12. Apply manufacturing processes as related to material requirements forming, fabrication, forging, casting, and application processes.
  13. Interpret dimensions and tolerances pertinent to machine drawings and read and work with basic machine and engineering drawings.
  14. Upon completion of the program, all students will demonstrate critical thinking skills for inquiry and analysis, assimilation of facts and knowledge, and problem solving.

Five-Year Job Placement Rate is 98%

Median Salary* is $41,600

*Source: Tennessee Career Information Delivery System

Program Content

Students enrolling in the Machine Tool program must also complete required General Education Courses.

Fall Semester

INTC 1010 - Quality and Inspection (credits - 3)
MATH 1050 - Trigonometric Applications (credits - 4)
MATT 1110 - Machine Tool Operations I (credits - 4)
MATT 1510 - Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades (credits - 4)

Spring Semester

ENGL 1010 - Composition I (credits - 3)
INTC 1020 - Safety in the Workplace (credits - 3)
MATT 1120 - Machine Tool Operations II (credits - 4)
MATT 2210 - Materials & Manufacturing Processes 3
PHYS 1030 - Introduction to Physics (credits - 4)
PSCI 1010 - Physical Science I (Physics adn Chemistry) (credits - 4)

Fall Semester

INTC 1030 - Industrial Concepts (credits - 3)
MATT 2130 - Machine Tool Operations III (credits - 4)
MFGT 1120 - Computer Numerically Controlled Machines (credits - 4)
SPCH 2300 - Public Speaking (credits - 3)

Spring Semester

MATT 2510 - Tool and Die Making (credits - 4)
MFGT 2410 - Master Cam I (credits - 4)
Elective - Humanities Elective (an approved elective from the general education core) (credits - 3)
Elective - Social/Behavioral Science Elective (an approved elective from the general education core) (credits - 3)

Total Credit Hours - 60

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.

Job Opportunities

  • Machine Set-Up Operator: Sets up machine tools in a manufacturing environment.
  • Machinist: Sets up and operates machine tools, and produces parts to print specifications.
  • CNC Programmer/Operator: Sets up, programs, and operates CNC equipment.

How to Apply

A student desiring to pursue a Machine Tool certificate must:

  • Submit the Northeast State Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Indicate Machine Tool as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  • Meet with a Machine Tool program faculty advisor prior to registering for classes.

For More Information

Please contact the following individual for more information about this program:

Sam Rowell, Dean, Advanced Technologies

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