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Machine Tool Technology - Computer Numerical Control Operator

Certificate: Certificate in Applied Science, CAS


The curriculum relies on a “hands-on” and lecture approach to learning, and students will spend a large portion of their time working in a practical setting. Students will be- come proficient in metal machining operations and planning procedures, with emphasis on practical machining techniques. Students will be introduced to modern manufacturing processes including: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming; Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD); and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) software. This computer training will enhance the graduates’ ability to program, set up and produce pieces in accordance with engineering drawing specifications.

• Does Not Require High School Diploma or GED (NOTE: Non-high school graduates or those who do not have a GED, must have ENG 155 or equivalent placement test score.)
• Departmental Approval
• Prior Experience/Observation – Minimum three years of machining experience with supervisor

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Graduates will:
• Apply industry standard safety practices and specific safety requirement for different machining operations.
• Interpret blueprint information and translate it into actionable items.
• Perform basic setup and operation of CNC lathe and CNC mill.

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