Students who choose the Advanced Manufacturing Systems option learn basic milling and turning operations, CNC programming, welding, casting, metal-forming, materials technology, and heat treating processes. Advanced courses include lean systems, project management, manufacturing automation, and manufacturing costs and controls. This program option culminates in a project during which students demonstrate their breadth of manufacturing knowledge by manufacturing a product, from its original paper design, through all the required processes, to a final part or assembly of parts. Graduates of this program can function as manufacturing engineering technicians, CNC programmers, materials science technicians, machine setup technicians, process specialists, quality technicians, or industrial mechanics.
The student will:
- Demonstrate basic competence in the various machining processes (milling, turning, grinding, etc.)
- Demonstrate basic competence in welding, casting, and other metal-forming processes.
- Demonstrate application of accepted industry safety practices.
- Explain the mechanical and physical properties of various engineering materials.
- Apply CNC programming to milling and turning.
- Explain cost considerations inherent in the planning, estimating, and controlling of a manufacturing project.
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills and the application of troubleshooting techniques to solving manufacturing problems.
- Manufacture parts in accordance with specified design parameters.
- Explain the ethical considerations involved in manufacturing a product per industry standards.
- Apply effective interpersonal and teamwork skills.