Why Choose Machining Technology at PPCC?

There are two AAS degree emphasis in the Machining Technology program; Machining Technology Emphasis and Advanced Manufacturing Emphasis. These two year programs are designed to provide individuals with entry level machining and technology skills, as well as addressing the needs of those seeking upgrade training for the purpose of continuing employment, employment upgrades, and/or promotions.

What will I study?

The Machining Technology emphasis degree 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 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.

Example Classes I 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

Upon completion of the Machining program, students should be able to:

  • Maintain a safe work area by demonstrating safety knowledge and proper use of hand tools and machining equipment
  • Read and interpret industry prints, using current drawing standards in dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes for working drawings, engineering assembly and design related manufacturing drawings
  • Demonstrate basic and advanced measurement processes and skills utilizing common measuring instruments to ensure projects are within given specifications
  • Apply the principles and theory of manufacturing processes and basic operation of manual machining operations using lathes, mills, drill presses, and surface grinders
  • Determine part function and relationship to each other, to include tolerancing of parts for assemblies while calculating mating part conditions to guarantee part fits
  • Create two-dimensional objects using computer-aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software and processes for mills and machining tool paths
  • Generate Numeric Control (NC) code using G-codes to machine parts to specifications
  • Set up, program, and operate computerized numerical control (CNC) mills and machining centers in accordance with NIMS standards
  • Create rapid prototypes using additive manufacturing to include identifying vendor parts to make a functional prototype
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