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The Machine Tool Operation Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE SHOP (10420101)

2.00

Apply and learn operation of mills, lathes, drilling, grinding and general metal fabrication. This course is designed to give the learner the theory and hands-on training leading to the ability to work safely in a shop. Individual part fabricating and precision measurement are covered.

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APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 (31804305)

2.00

Review and application of basic arithmetic skills involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Introduction and application of percents, area, volume, ratios and proportions will also be covered. The measurement system, angle, perimeter, square and board feet and formulas for geometric shapes as well as algebra will be taught.

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PRINT READING FOR THE MACHINE TRADES 1 (32420316)

2.00

Develop basic proficiency in reading and interpreting machine tool prints. Learners will learn the communication process between designer and machinist.

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PRECISION INSPECTION (32420338)

1.00

Measure machined parts using basic theory and practice of mechanical inspection. Learners will experience quality control using dimensional metrology instruments.

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MACHINE TOOL PROGRAMMING 1 (32420339)

1.00

Provides fundamentals of computer-controlled machine tools to include conversational language and basic G & M code programming. Emphasis on increasing productivity, setup procedures, reliability, repeatability and flexibility. Basic G & M codes work coordinates machine axis information associated with CNC machining will be taught.

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MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS 1 (32420631)

3.00

Applies shop safety guidelines and becomes familiar with common machine shop equipment. Focuses on drill press, power saw, elementary lathe and mill operations and pedestal grinding machines. Learners will gain knowledge in layout tools and procedures and the proper use of hand tools in the shop.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS 2 (32420632)

5.00

Applies basic methodology and operations of lathes, mills and grinding machines. Focuses on speeds and feeds, basic work holding devices and cutting tools. Milling machine applications to include: project planning, basic milling machine setups and operations and in-process inspection. Lathe applications to include: work planning, basic lathe setups to utilize basic work holding practices and in-process inspection.

SOLIDWORKS 1 (10606133)

1.00

Introduces the learner to basic SolidWorks commands to produce 3-dimentsional parts, assemblies and engineering drawings. The learner will master beginner level commands and have a thorough understanding of the basic operation of the software.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • SolidWorks Certified Associate Exam CSWA

WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION (31801368)

1.00

Analyzes workplace communication situations to develop professional verbal and written communication skills. Learners apply verbal and written communication skills, as well as conflict resolution strategies, to improve workplace communication climates and promote personal and professional growth.

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MACHINE TOOL CALCULATIONS (32420305)

2.00

Provides competency for common machine shop mathematics. An emphasis will be placed on problem solving skills using the metric system, common machining formulas from the machinery handbook and right triangle trigonometry. This course will focus on calculations that are common and unique in the machine trades.

MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS 4 (32420624)

5.00

Applies machining applications to: work planning, milling machine setups, lathe setups and basic surface grinder setups. This course will teach the learner to machine more complex parts, hold closer tolerances, add skills that can increase efficiency and produce assembled projects.

MACHINE TOOL APPLICATIONS 3 (32420633)

5.00

Produces parts using basic applications of calculations and formulas. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the total mastery of all the equipment to produce a quality part as efficiently as possible.

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

Have Questions?

If you have further questions regarding our Credit for Prior Learning options, please contact Student Records at studentrecords@ntc.edu or 715.803.1023.