COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL (CNC) TECHNICIAN
CNC Technicians are machinists with additional skills in programming, setup and operating computer driven machine tools. Most high-tech products including computers, aircraft and medical devices use precision components made on CNC machine tools. The CNC Technician relies on a strong background of machining skills. These skills include the understanding of machines, tooling, blueprints, and additional methods used to produce and inspect a part. After determining the best manufacturing strategies and selecting tools, a CNC program is developed. CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is many times used to assist in developing the CNC program.
The successful CNC Technician may start his/her career as a CNC operator and progress to CNC setup, programmer, or inspector. Well paying jobs are available in the medical, aerospace, computer and recreational industries.
- Apply precision measurement techniques.
- Demonstrate sawing procedures.
- Demonstrate drilling procedures.
- Demonstrate grinding procedures.
- Demonstrate milling procedures.
- Demonstrate turning procedures.
- Interpret blueprints/drawings.
- Apply heat treating principles.
- Machine parts with tolerance.
- Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements.
- Operate equipment safely.
- Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements.
- Operate CNC machines efficiently.
- Demonstrate teamwork.
- Develop part designs within a group.
- MACH1056 Blueprint Reading I 3
- MACH1100 Introduction to Machining Technology 3
- MACH1105 Drilling and Sawing Processes 2
- MACH1110 Turning Technology I 3
- MACH1120 Turning Technology II 3
- MACH1125 Milling Technology I 3
- MACH1130 Milling Technology II 3
- MACH1135 Precision Grinding 2
- MACH1140 Introduction to CNC 3
- MACH2400 CNC Setup and Operation 3
- MACH2406 CNC Programming 3
- MACH2410 CAD/CAM 3
- MACH2415 CNC Milling 3
- MACH2420 Blueprint Reading II for Machinists 2
- MACH2430 CNC Machining Centers 3
- MACH2435 CNC Turning Centers 3
- MACH2440 Quality Assurance 2
- MACH2500 Introduction to Swiss-Style Machining 3
- MACH1145 Machinists Reference Materials 1
- MACH1900 Specialized Lab 1 to 4
- MACH2425 Geometry/Trigonometry for Machinists 2
- MACH2445 Heat Treating and Metallurgy 2
- MACH2450 Fundamentals of EDM 2
- MACH2475 Gibbs CAD/CAM Milling 3
- MACH2600 Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
- MACH2610 Inspection Processes 3
- MACH2615 Inspection Equipment and Techniques 3
- MACH2620 Quality Systems 3
- METS1000 Computers in Manufacturing 3
- ENGC1050 Additive Manufacturing 3
- ENGC1250 SolidWorks I 4
- Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
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