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Machine Tool Technology
The machine tool technology program features instruction in the safe operation of all basic machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, various saws, and grinding equipment, as well as proper measurement and inspection of parts. Interpreting engineering drawings and mathematical calculations required by all machinists is also presented.
The second year includes shop math and CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) programming with an emphasis on hands-on skills using advanced machine tools. A strong emphasis on shop safety is an integral part of the program. The AOS degree program includes operation of CNC lathes (turning centers), and CNC milling machines (machining centers). This includes set-up as well as operation of the machines. Interpreting engineering drawings and control documents will also be emphasized. The understanding of quality control and how to conduct appropriate measurements and inspection will be integrated into the course work. The intent is to graduate someone with overall advanced machine shop skills.
A full CNC laboratory as well as machining centers, turning centers, and access to an electronic discharge machine are located at the Dresser-Rand facility used by Alfred State machine tool students.
With the successful completion of the two years, an AOS (Associate of Occupational Studies) degree will be awarded in machine tool technology.
The average salary for a machinist in industry today is ranked the seventh highest among all American professions (including doctors, lawyers, etc.), and this average salary is higher than the average salary for all four-year college graduates.
So if earning a high salary is on your list for selecting occupational opportunities, you need to look at machine tool technology. Over 50 percent of all machinists in America today will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. This fact alone shows the tremendous opportunity that awaits the trained and well-qualified machinist.
Dean Craig Clark speaks about manufacturing opportunities in this news clip:
- Demonstrate and apply safe operations of all machine tools.
- Student will be proficient in basic lathe operations.
- Student will be proficient in basic milling operations.
- Demonstrate mathematical operations using accepted mathematical applications.
- Demonstrate ability to perform advanced procedures on assigned projects.
- Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for lathe.
- Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for milling machine.
- Student will be proficient and apply GDT to all projects.
- Student will demonstrate ability to operate CNC equipment.
- Student will demonstrate all knowledge in senior capstone project.
Applicants for the machine tool technology program must meet the following physical requirements:
- Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level.
- Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away in a shop environment.
- Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
- Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
- Must be able to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
- Must be able to visually read an LCD display on welding equipment.
- Must have the dexterity and mobility to weld in all the welding positions to meet all requirements.
- Good eyesight is recommended.
- Use of modern computer-controlled equipment
- Hands-on program in which students learn by doing
- Work on industrial equipment
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.
Students are required to have earned a minimum grade of "C" in MACH CALC I & II and also MATT 4003 senior project. (Articulation is available in MACH. CALC area.)
- CNC Machinist
- Tool and Die Makers
- Machine Setters and Operators
- Mold Makers
Alfred State machine tool technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
As with all School of Applied Technology programs, the student spends a total of six hours each day in a combination of lecture and machine laboratory classes. This is the allotted time requirement, but many students find it necessary to spend extra time doing lab work or homework to keep current with the many industrial-type projects assigned in the program.
|MATT||1004||Basic Industrial Machining||4|
|MATT||1014||Industrial Machining I||4|
|MATT||1024||Industrial Machining II||4|
|MATT||1713||Read'g Engineering Drawings I||3|
|MATT||1913||Machinist Calculations I||3|
|MATT||1234||Industrial Machining III||4|
|MATT||1244||Industrial Machining IV||4|
|MATT||1254||Industrial Machining V||4|
|MATT||1723||Read'g Engineering Drawings II||3|
|MATT||1923||Machinist Calculations II||3|
|MATT||3005||Intro. CNC Mach. Prog.||5|
|MATT||3015||CNC Ind. Mach. I||5|
|MATT||3025||CNC Ind. Mach. II||5|
|MATT||3003||Geo. Dim & Tol.||3|
|MATT||4005||CNC Ind. Mach. III||5|
|MATT||4015||CNC Ind. Mach. IV||5|
|MATT||4025||CNC Ind. Mach. V||5|
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