Machine Tool Technology


AOS Degree – Code #0551

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 in Wellsville 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.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State machine tool technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 75 percent are employed; 25 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Welding Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Applicants for the machine tool technology program must meet the following physical requirements: