Learning Outcomes

The Manufacturing Technology curriculum provides courses that include fundamental theories and principles, as well as hands-on training involving modern manufacturing technologies. This curriculum prepares students to productively perform manufacturing-related tasks, such as: automation equipment programming and troubleshooting; CNC machine setup, operation, and programming; part programming (CAM); creation, installation, and maintenance of manufacturing equipment; inspection and testing; evaluation of new manufacturing technologies and their applications; sales engineering and representation.

A.A.S. degree in Manufacturing Technology

This degree prepares students for technical positions in modern manufacturing production and engineering design. The curriculum focuses on preparing the student for job positions in the CNC setup and programming, machine maintenance, manufacturing engineering, and product and fixture design.

Learning Objectives

After completing this degree the student will be qualified to:

  • Evaluate manufacturing assignment based on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Become a good communicator and effective team member.
  • Create and prove “G” code programs to machine parts on a CNC turning center and a CNC milling center that meet the part specification,
  • Design, build, and troubleshoot hydraulic or pneumatic powered machine, based on basic physics principals that apply to fluid power.
  • Rate an industrial process to decide if it qualifies as an automation or robotic work cell based on principles of Computer Integrated Manufacturing,
  • Compose state diagrams based on machine mechanisms and operating sequences, flow charts, and PLC ladder programs that meet OSHA safety requirements,
  • Choose an industrial machine operation or manufacturing process instruction manual for operators and maintenance personnel.
  • Prepare basic CAD schematics and drawings for electrical control, fluid power, PLC and I/O wiring, and mechanical systems.

Manufacturing Technology Certificate

This certificate offers a general multi-purpose curriculum which covers a broad area of manufacturing technology.

Learning Objectives

After completing this degree the student will be qualified to:

  • Create and prove “G” code programs to machine parts on a CNC turning center and a CNC milling center that meet the part specification,
  • Design, build, and troubleshoot hydraulic or pneumatic powered machine, based on basic physics principals that apply to fluid power.
  • Rate an industrial process to decide if it qualifies as an automation or robotic work cell based on principles of Computer Integrated Manufacturing,
  • Compose state diagrams based on machine mechanisms and operating sequences, flow charts, and PLC ladder programs that meet OSHA safety requirements,
  • Choose an industrial machine operation or manufacturing process instruction manual for operators and maintenance personnel.
  • Prepare basic CAD schematics and drawings for electrical control, fluid power, PLC and I/O wiring, and mechanical systems.

CNC/CAM Programming Certificate

This certificate prepares students for technical job positions in a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing and engineering. Possible job positions include: CNC fixture and part designer, CNC programmer, and CNC set-up person.

Learning Objectives

After completing this certificate the student will be qualified to:

  • Practice writing complex “G” code programs for CNC turning centers including inside boring of a radius, inside threading, cutting of inside “O” ring groves.
  • Interpret and demonstrate complex “G” code programs for CNC milling centers including using a 4th axis for machining of shaft grooves or locking slots or rings.
  • Experiment developing “G: code programs to perform secondary operations including tapping, countersinking, counter boring, and threading.
  • Describe and illustrate common problems with tooling and fixtures in CNC programing and machining.

CNC Operations and Programming Preparation Certificate

This CNC certificate prepares students for modern manufacturing production jobs in CNC operation, set-up, and G-code programming.

Learning Objectives

After completing this certificate the student will be qualified to:

  • Define the basic functions and control panel operations of a CNC machine.
  • Select and fasten a raw stock blank in a CNC lathe and mill for machining.
  • Identify and set up tooling to cut parts to meet a manufacturing part specification.
  • Summarize the principles of CNC setup, operation, and programming.

A.A.S. degree in Mechatronics Technology

This program, a merger of electronics and manufacturing courses, prepares students for technical job positions in automation and industrial maintenance. Possible job positions would be in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), robotic engineering, system integrations, and industrial equipment design.

Learning Objectives

After completing this degree the student will be qualified to:

  • Propose industrial automation project based on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Become a good communicator and effective team member.
  • Prepare and examine electrical system used in manufacturing based on their knowledge of analog and/or digital electronic circuits.
  • Compose electrical circuits and mechanical systems to design, build, install, configure, and deploy industrial automation projects.
  • Create a control circuit to move a number of valves and cylinders through a specified sequence of operations and meet OSHA safety requirements.
  • Plan a CIM work cell with a robot that can reach all the necessary locations in a safe manner complying with all the OSHA safety rules.
  • Evaluate problems with ladder sequence and I/O inputs using on-line editing and monitoring tools and self-written diagnostic programs
  • Design, crate, and debug a large machine control program using a HMI screen for operator interface and error reporting.

Mechatronics Technology Certificate

This certificate offers a general multi-purpose curriculum which covers a broad area of mechatronics technology.

Learning Objectives

After completing this degree the student will be qualified to:

  • Propose industrial automation project based on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Become a good communicator and effective team member.
  • Prepare and examine electrical system used in manufacturing based on their knowledge of analog and/or digital electronic circuits.
  • Compose electrical circuits and mechanical systems to design, build, install, configure, and deploy industrial automation projects.
  • Create a control circuit to move a number of valves and cylinders through a specified sequence of operations and meet OSHA safety requirements.
  • Plan a CIM work cell with a robot that can reach all the necessary locations in a safe manner complying with all the OSHA safety rules.
  • Evaluate problems with ladder sequence and I/O inputs using on-line editing and monitoring tools and self-written diagnostic programs
  • Design, crate, and debug a large machine control program using a HMI screen for operator interface and error reporting.

Automation and Controls Certificate

This certificate prepares students for technical job positions in industrial maintenance and automation. Possible job positions would be in automated production line maintenance, robotic cell safeguarding, and industrial machine up keeping.

Learning Objectives

After completing this certificate the student will be qualified to:

  • Demonstrate the operation, design parameters and limitations of both pneumatic and hydraulic valves, cylinders, pumps, motors and position sensors.
  • Select correct end of arm tooling to perform the required manipulation of the object. Program the robot for a variety of industrial applications.
  • Identify and interface I/O devices such as switches, sensors, lights and solenoids to the PLC controller.
  • Interpret state diagrams and flow charts for machine automation and operating sequences. Program machine operating ladder programs in RSLogic software.

Mechatronics Supply Chain Technician Certificate

This certificate prepares students for careers in Supply Chain Management (SCM). Possible jobs positions would be in technical support and overseeing of the flow of goods and services. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

Learning Objectives

After completing this certificate the student will be qualified to:

  • Outline basic ideas of industrial automation in modern manufacturing including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Robotics, and CIM.
  • Explain the basic physics principals, design parameters, and limitations of both pneumatic and hydraulic (fluid power) systems.
  • Describe supply chain management including: strategies, quality control, process layout, capacity, forecasting, sourcing and purchasing, and logistics.
  • Interpret logistics concepts including the management of inventory, packaging, warehousing, materials handling, order processing, and customer service.

A.A.S. degree in Supply Chain Automation

The Supply Chain and Automation Program prepares students for an industrial certification designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to enter into the growing field of supply chain logistics, advanced manufacturing, transportation and warehousing. Students will demonstrate skills in overall automated processes and procedures used in warehousing, productions, inventory control, and distribution.

Learning Objectives

  • Implementing supply chain methods defined by various technical programs used to keep the plant running smoothly with as high a level of productivity as possible.
  • Acquire technical skill set to support: heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects
  • Acquire technical skills to support automation and robotics projects.
  • Implement supply chain technologies in transportation, shipping and receiving.
  • Understand how to implement programmable logic controllers (PLC) and robotic automation projects to improve production efficiency and plant safety.