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Manufacturing Technology: Machinists (SOC CODE: 51-4041.00)

Job Description Overview

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Related Careers

  • Machinists
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
  • Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
  • Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
  • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop

Sample Job Duties

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.
  • Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
  • Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Manufacturing Technology: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0918

      The Associate in Science degree in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare students for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting.

      Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This degree covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.     

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
      MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
      MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      MFG 210Advanced CAD3
      MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
      MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
      MFG 260Intermediate CNC3
      Three (3) units of Work Experience3
      EDT 89
      Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
      Total Units37

      Manufacturing Website 

    • Manufacturing Technology: Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0918

      The Certificate in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare the student for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting. Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This certificate covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.  

      Required Courses

      MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
      MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
      MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      MFG 210Advanced CAD3
      MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
      MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
      MFG 260Intermediate CNC3
      Three (3) units of Work Experience3
      EDT 89
      Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
      Total Units37

      Manufacturing Website 

    • Manufacturing Foundation

      Technology and Health Division
      E0421

      This certificate provides a foundation of basic skills for employment in a variety of entry-level manufacturing positions.

      Required Courses

      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      Total Units11


       

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