Machine Tool Technology

AOS Degree – Code #0551

Jeff Hellwig, Program Coordinator

Email address: hellwijb@alfredstate.edu

The machine tool technology program features instruction in the safe operation of all basic machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, various saws, and grinding equipment, as well as proper measurement and inspection of parts. Interpreting engineering drawings and mathematical calculations required by all machinists is also presented.

The second year includes shop math and CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) programming with an emphasis on hands-on skills using advanced machine tools. A strong emphasis on shop safety is an integral part of the program. The AOS degree program includes operation of CNC lathes (turning centers), and CNC milling machines (machining centers). This includes set-up as well as operation of the machines. Interpreting engineering drawings and control documents will also be emphasized. The understanding of quality control and how to conduct appropriate measurements and inspection will be integrated into the course work. The intent is to graduate someone with overall advanced machine shop skills.

A full CNC laboratory as well as machining centers, turning centers, and access to an electronic discharge machine are located at the Dresser-Rand facility in Wellsville used by Alfred State machine tool students.

With the successful completion of the two years, an AOS (Associate of Occupational Studies) degree will be awarded in machine tool technology.

The average salary for a machinist in industry today is ranked the seventh highest among all American professions (including doctors, lawyers, etc.), and this average salary is higher than the average salary for all four-year college graduates.

So if earning a high salary is on your list for selecting occupational opportunities, you need to look at machine tool technology. Over 50 percent of all machinists in America today will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. This fact alone shows the tremendous opportunity that awaits the trained and well-qualified machinist.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate and apply safe operation of all machine tools.

Student will be proficient in basic lathe operation.

Student will be proficient in basic milling operation.

Demonstrate mathematical operations using accepted mathematical applications.

Demonstrate ability to perform advanced procedures on assigned projects.

Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for lathe.

Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for milling machine.

Student will be proficient and apply GDT to all projects.

Student will demonstrate ability to operate CNC equipment.

Students will demonstrate all knowledge in capstone project.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State machine tool technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

CNC programmers

CNC machinists

CNC engineers

Tool and die makers

Machine setters and operators

Machinists

Mold makers

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 75 percent are employed; 25 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Welding Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Applicants for the machine tool technology program must meet the following physical requirements:

Must be able to perform safely in the shop.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level.

Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away in a shop environment.

Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.

Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.

Must be able to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.

Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Good eyesight is recommended.

Machine Tool – AOS Degree

First

MATT

1004

Basic Industrial Machining

4

MATT

1014

Industrial Machining I

4

MATT

1024

Industrial Machining II

4

MATT

1713

Read’g. Engineering Drawings I

3

MATT

1913

Machinist Calculations I

3

18

Second

MATT

1234

Industrial Machining III

4

MATT

1244

Industrial Machining IV

4

MATT

1254

Industrial Machining V

4

MATT

1723

Read’g. Engineering Drawings II

3

MATT

1923

Machinist Calculations II

3

18

Third

MATT

3005

Intro. CNC Machine Program’g.

5

MATT

3015

CNC Industrial Machining I

5

MATT

3025

CNC Industrial Machining II

5

MATT

3003

Geo. Dimension & Tolerancing

3

18

Fourth

MATT

4005

CNC Industrial Machining III

5

MATT

4015

CNC Industrial Machining IV

5

MATT

4025

CNC Industrial Machining V

5

MATT

4003

Senior Project

3

18

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.

Students are required to have earned a minimum grade of “C” in MACH. CALC. I & II also MATT 4003 senior project. (Articulation is available in MACH. CALC. area.)