• Program: Machine Tool Technology
  • Degree: Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Credits: Total Advanced Technical Certificate Credits 9
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Swiss-type lathes are a specialized type of lathe used for machining high precision parts in large quantities. They are capable of producing very small parts with many operations in one chucking. The productivity of the Swiss-type lathe is very high as the machine can perform many operations in one setting that would typically require two or more machines to produce. Swiss-type lathes have been an asset to the growing medical device industry. Production of the tiny implantable, high precision parts made from exotic materials like titanium are a good fit for these machines. Skills needed for setup and operation of Swiss-type lathes include basic machining skills and a knowledge of CNC Swiss-type machining centers. Prerequisite: Graduation from or concurrent enrollment in a 2-year machine tool program or a minimum of 2 years related work experience.

Career Opportunities

As the products we use everyday decrease in size, the parts that make up those products also get smaller. The growing medical device industry is a good example of the need for tiny sophisticated parts. Producing these parts requires special skills, knowledge and machine tools. Increased global competition in manufacturing also requires increased productivity to remain competitive in the market place. Swiss-type turning centers provide capability and the productivity to produce small high-precision parts efficiently. Demand for machinists with these specialized skills is growing and should continue to increase.

Award Outcomes:

  • Interpret blueprints/drawings.
  • Machine parts with tolerance.
  • Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements.
  • Operate equipment safely.
  • Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements.
  • Operate CNC machines efficiently.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 9 Credits
  • MACH2500 Introduction to Swiss-Style Machining 3
  • MACH2505 CNC Swiss-Style Lathe Setup and Operation 3
  • MACH2510 CNC Swiss-Style Lathe Programming 3
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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