Why Choose Machining Technology at PPCC?

The Machining Technology degree program at PPCC is ideal for students interested in beginning their career in machining or technology, or for those already in the field and wanting to upgrade their skills and advance their career. There are two AAS degree options, Machining Technology Emphasis and Advanced Manufacturing Emphasis.

What will I study?

The two AAS degrees emphasize different aspects of Machining Technology. Depending on their degree program, students will advance their hands-on fundamental skills of machining, or they will receive training in technology using advance software applications, such as SolidWorks, MasterCAM 2D and 3D, and CamWorks. Students in the Machining Technology program at PPCC will:

  • Study the basics of machining, learning the field from the ground up.
  • Learn about 3D scanning, modeling and printing.
  • Develop an understanding of metallurgical terms and definitions in an effort to understand both the behavior of metals and their service to industry.

Example Classes I Might Take

Covers linetype identification, use of lineweights, file management, prototype/template creation using the latest release of AutoCAD. Interpretation of industry standards in dimensioning, symbology, drawing notes, freehand sketching and reading working drawings. Industries discussed in this course are architectural, engineering, design related, civil/survey, manufacturing, HVAC, and welding.
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:

  • Electronics Technician
  • Electromechanical & Industrial Engineering Tech.
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Supervisor
  • Maintenance Supervisor / Maintenance Technician
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