CNC Flow Cell Machining

This program prepares students with prior machining experience for higher-level machinist or entry-level manager positions. Topics include advanced-level CNC training, CAD/CAM, and inspection training, as well as dimensional metrology and advanced tooling applications.

Admission Requirements: In addition to general college admission requirements, students must:

  1. Complete MAC 223 and MAC 127 (or equivalents) with a C or higher.
  2. Have completed a two-year precision machining program or have equivalent work experience, as evaluated by program instructors.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Act as high-performance team members and cultivate knowledge required of mid-level machinists or entry-level managers.
  • Apply the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Gain an understanding of basic economic principles as they apply to industry and the impact of those principles to manufacturing.
  • Work with a wide range of high-performance machine tools, including 5-axis mills, 3-axis lathes, CNC inner diameter and outer diameter surface grinders, and electrical discharge machining.
  • Learn the ancillary processes associated with machining in a high-precision environment.

Program Information

A specialized third-year advanced manufacturing program conducted in a high-precision CNC manufacturing cell. The program is a partnership between DCC and the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

Minimum credits: 29

Length: 7 months

Career opportunities:

  • CNC Programmer: $48,990
    Job growth: 19% from 2014-2024
  • Machinists, Tool & Die Makers: $43,160
    Job growth: 6%
  • *Median salaries nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services (Haas Center)

Contact: 434.766.6607

Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
IND 123 Intro to Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma 1 0 1 1
IND 138 Industrial Leadership & Career Development 1 0 1 1
MAC 108 Computer Numerically Controlled Grinding 1 3 4 2
MAC 130 Intro to Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) 1 3 4 2
MAC 253 Advanced CMM Operation & Programming 1 6 7 3
MAC 251 Advanced CAM Modeling & Simulation 2 3 5 3
MAC 256 Multi-Axis Machine Tool Set-up, Programming and Operation 1 6 7 3
MAC 224 Advanced Tooling Applications 2 3 5 3
MAC 255 Intro to Supply Chain Strategies for Industry 1 6 7 3
MAC 258 Tool Inspection, Validation, & Presetting 1 3 4 2
MAC 254 Machining Flow Cell IT Integration 1 3 4 2
MAC 257 Capstone: Precision Machining Flow Cell 1 9 10 4
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