The machining certificate is designed to meet the needs of a diverse vocational audience. Whether your interest is in computer numerical control programming, tool and die maker or patternmaker, this program is designed to prepare the learner for a number of advantages as a skilled tradesman. CNC, or computer numerical control machining, has literally replaced the machinist trade. You will be trained in the proper use of mills, drills and lathes, the latest in programming software, as well as set-up and operational procedures of CNC equipment to produce a precision part.

As a patternmaker trainee, you will learn the most up-to-date technology needed to build a pattern. To obtain this skill level, the learner will become knowledgeable of the properties of metals, precision measurement and the fundamentals of repairing molds and dies. The tool and die maker will learn how to create tools, dies and fixtures. This individual will gain a broad understanding of tooling by learning how to properly use mills, drills, lathes and other machining related equipment including non-traditional machining techniques such as the electrical discharge machine.

Program Sequence

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Gainful Employment

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