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Computer Aided Manufacturing

Earners of this microcredential will demonstrate a basic understanding of computer aided manufacturing. Students will have hands-on experience in developing Computer-Numerical Control (CNC) programs and methods to machine mechanical components. They will learn how to edit G-code programs and how to create toolpaths using a computer aided manufacturing software program. They will also learn how to design jigs and fixtures for machining operations. This microcredential will prepare the learner for a career as a CNC machinist, CNC programmer, or tool designer.

Admission requirements for application:

For Non-matriculated students:

  • Completion of the non-matriculated student application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must meet the Mechanical Engineering Technical Standards requirement in the College Catalog
  • Completion of the Microcredential Application on Etrieve (Instructions will be emailed after completing the non-matriculated student application)

Requirements to earn the microcredential:

  • To achieve the Computer Aided Manufacturing microcredential, students will complete 4 required courses:MET 117, MET 127, MET 207, and MET 351. The microcredential requires a minimum grade of B in each of the courses.
  • Students must also complete an external certificate, the Haas Basic Mill Operator Certification, to receive the microcredential.

Stackable to:

Manufacturing Engineering Technology B.S.

Mechanical Engineering Technology B.S.

Time to complete:

3-4 semesters

Cost to attend:

Standard tuition rates apply. For tuition and student consumer information, please click here.

Contact Information

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Lupton Hall, 169

Students select courses listed below:

Required Coursework (4 courses, 10 credits)
MET 117: Manufacturing Process 2 credits
MET 127: Advanced Manufacturing Processes 2 credits
MET 207: Tool Design 3 credits
MET 351: Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 3 credits

MET 117 Manufacturing Process

The main purpose of this course is to introduce the mechanical engineering technology student to the principles and operation of mechanical equipment such as lathes, drill press, milling machines and measuring requirements and measuring instruments. Several manufacturing processes such as welding, powder metallurgy, sheet metal forming, extrusion, etc. are also covered. Individual laboratory projects will be assigned to each student to reinforce the topics covered in the theory. NOTE: Students completing this course may not receive credit for AET 218T. Corequisite(s): MET 117L

MET 127 Advanced Manufacturing Processes

This course is a continuation of MET 117. Topics emphasize the theory and operation of manual and numerically controlled milling machines and machining centers. Additional topics covered are the gear shaper, indexing head, point-to-point drilling and milling, and three axis measurement. Laboratory projects will be assigned to reinforce the topics covered in theory. Prerequisite(s): MET 117 and MET 105L Corequisite(s): MET 127L

MET 207 Tool Design

This course covers the fundamentals of tool design, with main focus on the principles of jigs and fixtures design. Topics covered include: General tool design, economics of tool design, materials used for tooling, work holding principles, jig design, fixture design, die design and operation, power presses, metal cutting, forming and drawing. Students will be using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software packages in designing different jigs and fixtures. Applications of the theoretical concepts and hands-on 3D CAD modeling are covered in the required laboratory. Prerequisite(s): MET 104 or MET 150 and MET 127 with a grade of C or higher Corequisite(s): MET 207L

MET 351 Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

This course provides the student with experience in computer graphics NC programming techniques. Students will generate 2-D and 3-D parts on CAM software and analyze the tool paths required for various types of machining operations. Programs will be processed to produce EIA-NC code which will then be loaded into a CNC machine to manufacture a part. Students will also create 2-D and 3-D files on CAD software and learn how to export the CAD files to CAM software. Prerequisite(s): MET 127 and Junior Status

Last Modified 5/22/24