Just about everything you come in contact with has in some way been crafted by machinists. For example, when you got out of bed this morning, the parts of the alarm clock you turned off were likely made by machinists. The light switch you turned on was made from a plastic mold created by a machinist.
The Machining Technology program is designed to develop skills in the theory and safe use of hand tools, power machinery, computerized equipment and sophisticated precision inspection instruments. Students will learn to interpret blueprints, set up manual and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines, perform basic and advanced machining operations and make decisions to insure that work quality is maintained.
Employment opportunities for machining technicians exist in manufacturing industries, public institutions, governmental agencies and a wide range of specialty machining shops. Machinists use precision machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, boring machines and precision cylindrical or surface grinders to shape materials such as steel, bronze, brass, iron, aluminum, titanium and plastics. Machinists manufacture components to meet specific customer needs and specifications.
Those considering a career in machining should take as much math as possible especially algebra, geometry and trigonometry. A person who likes to see how things work usually makes a good machining student. Since the machining trade involves precision metal cutting, machining students should be patient in order to avoid costly errors.
For high school students who are interested in Machining Technology, courses in mathematics, blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting are highly recommended. If you are currently a high school student, ask your guidance counselor about the Huskins Program or dual enrollment opportunities.
Nash Community College maintains a clean, state-of-the art facility allowing us to teach the cutting-edge skills necessary for you to set yourself apart in a competitive job market. We are one of four community colleges in North Carolina accredited by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
In addition to the College's general admission requirements, applicants to the Machining program must meet the following requirements:
1. A minimum raw score of 41 on ASSET or comparable score on COMPASS on the numerical skills test. Should this score not be achieved, Essential Mathematics (MAT 060) should be taken in the first semester of enrollment. The College's entry level SAT or ACT score will also satisfy this requirement.
2. A minimum raw score of 32 on ASSET or comparable score on COMPASS on the Reading Skills placement test. Diploma students who score 32-41 on this ASSET test are strongly encouraged to take RED 090 before taking ENG 101. Students who score between 32-41 on this test and are seeking an Associate Degree are required to complete RED 090 satisfactorily (Grade C or better) before taking ENG 111. The College's entry level SAT or ACT score will also satisfy this requirement.
Course Requirements | Download the Computer-Integrated Machining Checksheet
COM 110 Introduction to Communication
COM 231 Public Speaking
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Arts Core Elective
SOC/BEH Social/Behavioral Sci. Core Elective
Major Core Courses
BPR 111 Print Reading
MAC 124 CNC Milling
MAC 141 Machining Applications I
MAC 142 Machining Applications II
Other Major Courses
DFT 119 Basic CAD
ISC 112 Industrial Safety
MAC 121 Introduction to CNC
MAC 122 CNC Turning
MAC 141A Machining Appl I Lab
MAC 142A Machining Appl II Lab
MAC 143 Machining Applications III
MAC 151 Machining Calculations
MAC 152 Adv. Machining Calculations
MAC 171 Measure/Material & Safety
MAC 224 Advanced CNC Milling
MAC 226 CNC EDM Machining
MAC 241 Jigs and Fixtures I
MEC 231 Comp-Aided Manufact. I
MEC 232 Comp-Aided Manufact. II
Other Major Elective Courses (choose 10 hours from list below)
ATR 280 Robotic Fundamentals
ATR 281 Automation Robotics
WBL 112 Work Based Learning I
MAC 222 Advanced CNC Turning
MAC 234 Adv. Muilti-Axis Machining
MAC 247 Production Tooling
MAC 248 Production Procedures
WLD 112 Basic Welding Processes
WLD 151 Fabrication I
WLD 251 Fabrication II
Other Required Courses
ACA 115 Success and Study Skills
Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 73-74
Frequently Asked Questions
What products do Machinists make?
Machinists have a part in just about everything you enjoy, from the molds that make your toothbrush, to stamping die that punch out the keys you start your car with.
Where can I find a job?
Machining job opportunities exist in many geographical locations. See the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook Machinist section here.
How long will it take me to complete the Associate Degree?
It normally takes students a year and a half (five semesters which include one summer semester) to complete the degree program. However, this timeframe can be altered depending on the students' placement test scores. Some classes have prerequisites which prevent students from taking them if placement test scores are low.
When can I start?
New students are encouraged to enroll in the fall semester. High school juniors should inquire about the Huskin Co-op. Program or dual enrollment program at their guidance counselor's office. This may allow prospective students to pursue the Machining Technology curriculum while in high school.
Can I start in the spring or summer semester?
Yes, however students starting in the spring or summer semester are out of sequence with the classes offered. This may result in the inability to take a full load (12 credit hours) one semester.
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