Machine Tool Technology
INSTRUCTOR: Tommy Salazar
The Machine Tool Technology classes on the Downtown Campus are designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and practice needed for employment as a machinist. The local chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association and representation from local manufacturing companies has recognized this program as their machinist apprenticeship training center. Depending upon their qualifications, students may find positions in the local job market as machine operators, manual machinists, CNC machinists, CNC programmers, mechanical inspectors or machinist apprentices.
Seven program options are available:
Cooperative education is a way to gain work experience while attending classes.
- Machine Operator
- Manual Machinist
- Mechanical Inspector
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer
- Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Operator
- Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer
Machine tool training includes a broad range of techniques used in metals manufacturing in addition to support courses in manufacturing processes, metallurgy, math, computer aided drafting, and computer aided machining. Such a background can provide a base from which students may pursue a baccalaureate degree in manufacturing engineering technology or mechanical engineering. Students interested in obtaining the higher degree should contact the college or university of their choice to determine transfer requirements.
Good mechanical aptitude and good basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics are important for success in this program.
It is suggested that all students confer with a machine tool advisor on the Downtown Campus before registering.