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Machinist Program Outcomes

  • Blueprint Reading – Understand and interpret the types of lines used on shop drawings and part prints, apply tolerances and symbols, identify threads, tapers, and machined surfaces, develop good sketching techniques.
  • Bench Work – Identify mechanical hardware and hand tools, precision measuring instruments, part layout, threading with taps and dies, files and hand and power saws, general shop safety.
  • Engine Lathes – Basic lathe construction, single point tool geometry, high-speed and carbide tool applications, lathe operations including, turning, facing, grooving, boring, drilling, reaming, threading, taper turning, knurling, cut-off, and safety.
  • Tool-Room Milling Machines – Vertical mill construction and operation, end milling, side milling, key ways, boring and counter-boring, drilling and reaming, and safety.
  • Surface and Cylindrical Grinders – Basic construction and operation, wheel selection, work-holding methods, and grinder safety.
  • Metallurgy – Properties and applications of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals are discussed.
  • Mathematics – Fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, cutting speeds and feeds, basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Jig and Fixture Design – Describe the basic functions of jigs and fixtures. Explain the difference between locators and supports. Select appropriate clamping mechanisms.
  • Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) – Utilize CAM programs such as Feature-Cam to produce tool-paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines.
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) – Set up and operate CNC lathes and milling machines using Computer Assisted Manufacturing tool-paths.
  • Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM) – Describe the principles of EDM operation. Compare electrode materials. Discuss electrode machining methods. Determine flushing requirements. Relate spark frequency to surface finish and metal removal rates.