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Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Technical and Professional Studies

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Non-transferable

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Why Choose Machining at PPSC

PPSC's Machining Technology program will provide you with entry level machining and technology skills, as well as advanced skills for those seeking upgrade training to advance their careers. Machinists are in a highly paid and extremely sought after field right now in both Colorado and nationwide. Jobs include CNC Programmer, Machine Operator, Mill and Lathe Technician and Manufacturing Production Technician.

Machining Classes You Might Take

Check out the classes you may take while studying Machining 

class 1

Focuses on the interpretation of mechanical shop and working drawings. Examines drawing formats, view selection, hardware, symbols, dimensioning, and tolerancing systems utilizing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standard.

class 2

Covers safety procedures, use of bench tools, layout tools, power saws, drill presses, precision measurement tools, and various hand tools related to the machine shop. Also included are sharpening drill bits and general purpose turning tools for the lathe as well as determining speeds and feeds for both the lathe and the milling machine.

class 3

Introduces basic creating and editing of CNC mill programs. Introduction to G&M codes, math, speeds and feeds, production processes including process controls, and documentation associated with manufacturing will be covered.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Maintain a safe work area by demonstrating safety knowledge and proper use of hand tools and machining equipment
  • Read and interpret industry prints, using current drawing standards in dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes for working drawings, engineering assembly and design related manufacturing drawings
  • Demonstrate basic and advanced measurement processes and skills utilizing common measuring instruments to ensure projects are within given specifications
  • Apply the principles and theory of manufacturing processes and basic operation of manual machining operations using lathes, mills, drill presses, and surface grinders
  • Determine part function and relationship to each other, to include tolerancing of parts for assemblies while calculating mating part conditions to guarantee part fits
  • Create two-dimensional objects using computer-aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software and processes for mills and machining tool paths
  • Generate Numeric Control (NC) code using G-codes to machine parts to specifications
  • Set up, program, and operate computerized numerical control (CNC) mills and machining centers in accordance with NIMS standards
  • Create rapid prototypes using additive manufacturing to include identifying vendor parts to make a functional prototype
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Sample 1st semester plan

math & english requirements

Sample 1st semester plan

Course & Credit Hours

CIS 1018 - Introduction to PC Applications (3) CSC 105 - Computer Literacy (3)

MAC 1000 - Machine Shop Safety (1)

MAC 1001 - Introduction to Machine Shop (3)

EGT 1100- Print Reading (3)

MTE 1130 - Metrology (3)

Total Credits: 13 

math & english requirements

ENG 131 - Technical Writing I: CO1 or Higher (3)

MAT 107 - Career Math or Higher (3)