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Why choose Machining Technology at PPCC?

PPCC's Machining Technology program will provide students with entry level machining and technology skills, as well as advanced skills for those seeking upgrade training to advance their careers. Machinists are in a highly paid and extremely sought after field right now in both Colorado and nationwide. Jobs include CNC Programmer, Machine Operator, Mill and Lathe Technician and Manufacturing Production Technician.

What do PPCC Machining students study?

There are two AAS degree emphasis in the Machining Technology program:

The Machining Technology emphasis degree is designed to provide individuals with entry level machining and technology skills. It will advance their hands-on fundamental skills of machining using MasterCAM 2D and 3D software, while developing applied math skills and problem-solving techniques.

The Advanced Manufacturing emphasis will addressing the needs of those seeking upgrade training for the purpose of career advancement. It will provide training in technology using software such as SolidWorks, MasterCAM 2D and 3D, and CamWorks. The emphasis also offers courses in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD &T) and 3D Printing for prototyping.

Classes You Might Take

Instructs students in reading and understanding industrial prints. This course covers basic drafting and print standards, fundamentals of shape description, fundamentals of size description and annotation, industrial drawing types, and specialized parts and prints. Symbol interpretation, tolerancing and dimensioning standards are also covered.
Covers safety procedures, use of bench tools, layout tools, power saws, drill presses, precision measurement tools, and various hand tools related to the machine shop. Also included are sharpening drill bits and general purpose turning tools for the lathe as well as determining speeds and feeds for both the lathe and the milling machine.
Provides transitional information between conventional machining applications and the typical applications found in computer numerical control machining. Topics may consist of numerical control systems, The Cartesian coordinate system, high efficiency tooling applications, objectives of numerical control, calculating speed and feed rates, defining and calculating tool motion, fixturing requirements, basic program structure, programming codes, and basic conversational programming. Operations of NC machines will be required.
Covers both the production and surfacing of three-dimensional geometry in a self-paced setting. Issues will be covered related to the production of wire frames, solids, surfaces, the joining of surfaces, joining of solids, managing construction planes, sweeping, rotating, and controlling parameter settings. A familiarity with Mastercam, CNC programming techniques, and CNC operations is recommended.

Career Options

Machinists with an AAS degree are in one of the highest paying fields right now and jobs are booming in the state of Colorado. Some of the career opportunities awaiting PPCC graduates in Machining Technology include:

  • CNC Programmer
  • Machine Operator
  • Mill and Lathe Technician
  • Manufacturing Production Technician

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Machining Faculty Contact

Calvin Roberts

(719) 502-3200

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