Manufacturing Technology: Machining Certificate

Program Description

Craven’s Manufacturing Technology curriculum introduces the principles and practices of manufacturing in today’s global marketplace. Students will be exposed to valuable high-tech concepts applicable in a variety of industries such as plastics, metals, furniture, textiles, and electronics.

The curriculum provides students with real-world knowledge of manufacturing management practices, manufacturing materials and processes, research and development, and quality assurance. Coursework will include machining processes, Computer-Aided Drafting/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), CNC principles, and other computerized production techniques.

This 66 SHC program also provides students with an overview of psychology, technology and society, and industrial controls.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in maintaining and meeting safety protocols in accordance with industry standards while working with manufacturing and composite tools and equipment, to include measuring devices, CNC machine and cutting equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CNC tools and equipment to include programming the CNC machine, set-up, operation, control functions and inspection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common manufacturing composite materials and common processing techniques to include layup processes, vacuum bag schedules and equipment operation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of blueprint reading and plan development using CAD software.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure of composites to include testing, fabrication and repair.

Career Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment as

  • manufacturing technicians
  • quality assurance technicians
  • CAD/CAM technicians
  • team leaders
  • research and development technician.

Graduates will be able to advance in the workplace and develop with new technologies. About 14% of Craven County’s workforce is classified as manufacturing.

Transfer Opportunities

While the AAS is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a BS degree in Industrial Technology with East Carolina University.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces the basic principles of print reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret basic prints and visualize the features of a part or system.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the concepts and capabilities of computer numerical control machine tools. Topics include setup, operation, and basic applications. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operator safety, machine protection, data input, program preparation, and program storage.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the programming, setup, and, operation of CNC turning centers. Topics include programming formats, control functions, program, editing, part production, and inspection. Upon completion, students should be able to manufacture simple parts using CNC turning centers.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the manual programming, setup, and operation of CNC machining centers. Topics include programming formats, control, functions, program editing, part production, and inspection. Upon completion, students should be able to manufacture simple parts using CNC machining centers.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces shop safety, hand tools, machine processes, measuring instruments, and the operation of machine shop equipment. Topics include use and care of tools, safety, measuring tools, and the basic setup and operation of common machine tools. Upon completion, students should be able to manufacture simple parts to specified tolerance.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces basic welding and cutting. Emphasis is placed on beads applied with gases, mild steel fillers, and electrodes and the capillary action of solder. Upon completion, students should be able to set up welding and oxy-fuel equipment and perform welding, brazing, and soldering processes.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None