Integrated Machining Technology (IMT) Program

The New Standard

A specialized third-year advanced manufacturing program conducted in a high precision CNC manufacturing cell equipped with industry relevant technology.

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Integrated Machining Technology (IMT) Program 50-axis machineThere is no better way to master a skill set than by getting real world experience with the latest technology. Supported by a faculty with extensive manufacturing experience, the Integrated Machining Technology (IMT) Program at the Gene Haas Center is a unique program specifically designed to prepare students for a career in high precision manufacturing.

This fast-paced program provides instruction and training that combines the best of classroom and lab experiences. The curriculum was developed in cooperation with partners to ensure that instruction is aligned with industry needs. Students work in an advanced machining flow-cell so they receive fully integrated training that meets the needs of today’s industries. This flow cell approach is the first of its kind in the United States and provides students with an exclusive opportunity. The program, a partnership between The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Danville Community College, is a new standard in the preparation of students for the demands of advanced manufacturing companies.

Students grow their knowledge and confidence as they work in a state-of-the-art CNC learning environment on a wide range of group and individual projects. Backed by the support of leading manufacturers, our curriculum mirrors the proven concepts of lean manufacturing and six sigma. With these skills, students will be fully prepared for a career in advanced manufacturing. Along with the precision machining training, they will gain leadership strengths, a broader understanding of a precision manufacturing environment, and knowledge of basic economic principles. The combination of these capabilities and expertise is highly desired by advanced manufacturing companies across the globe.

Program Objectives

This program will prepare students to succeed in a high performance precision machining flow cell environment. Students will develop the necessary skills to act as a high performance team member in an advanced precision manufacturing environment and cultivate the knowledge required of an entry level engineering technician or CNC programmer. The concepts of Lean and Six Sigma will be learned and applied throughout the curriculum. Students will also gain an understanding of basic economic principles and their impact in regard to manufacturing.

Students will be exposed to a wide range of high performance machine tools including, but not limited to, 5 axis mills, 3 axis lathes, CNC ID, OD, surface grinders and EDM. Students will also learn the ancillary processes associated with machining in a high precision environment. These concepts and technical skills will be evaluated by a live production run in a machining flow cell at the conclusion of the program.

After graduation, students typically seek employment as:

  • Machining Specialists
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Dimensional Metrology Inspectors
  • CNC Programmers

Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships

We have scholarship programs specifically targeted to students wishing to enter the precision machining field.

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarships

GHFDanville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) receive an annual award from the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) that will be used to provide scholarships to future students enrolled in the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining Program and the Precision Machining Technology Program at Danville Community College.

The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of GHF is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, GHF provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills. Students who will be enrolling in either the Integrated Machining Program or the Precision Machining Technology Program are eligible for this scholarship. For more information, contact the Educational Foundation Office at 434.797.8495. To apply, go to DCC Scholarship Program.

Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship

Female students attending Danville Community College and who are interested in pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing can now apply for the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship to continue their education. This scholarship has been established by the DCC Educational Foundation and is awarded annually to females enrolling in the Dimensional Inspection Program or the Integrated Machining Technology Program.

The scholarship honors Rosalie C. Mead, owner of Master Gage & Tool Co. of Danville. The company is a local distributor of dimensional measurement, inspection equipment, calibration services, and specialty tooling products. Establishing the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing is a continuation of the Meads’ efforts to contribute to the success of DCC’s programs and graduates. Applicants to the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship must have a letter of acceptance to the Integrated Machining Technology program or the Dimensional Inspection program, take a full credit load each semester, maintain a “B” average in all courses, provide two letters of recommendation, have volunteer experience in the community, provide an essay on what impact the scholarship would have on their life and career, and be at least 18 years old. For more information or to apply, contact the DCC Educational Foundation at 434.797.8495 or email shair@dcc.vccs.edu.

IMT Courses

IND 123 - Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

Covers basic Lean and Six Sigma concepts. Examines the importance of Lean and Six Sigma as pertaining to the world of manufacturing. Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the impact of Lean and Six Sigma manufacturing environment.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credit

IND 138 - Industrial Leadership and Career Development

Covers the importance of effective and ethical organizational behavior in career development. Provides students with guidance on how to be a high performance team member. Presents the tools necessary to manage and motivate team members in a manufacturing environment. Focuses on communication skills, professionalism, and ethics. Examines conflict resolution skills and the ability to identify behavioral types.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credit

MAC 108 - Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Grinding

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate proper techniques in computer numerically controlled (CNC) outside diameter (OD), internal diameter (ID), and surface grinding. Covers the programming and operation of various CNC grinders and the set-up of selected grinding operations. Focuses on understanding the importance of machine parameters and wheel selection to surface finish in grinding applications.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 130 - Introduction to Electric Discharge Machining (EDM)

Introduces the equipment, processes, and components of electric discharge machining. Includes basic operation and programming for computer numerical control (CNC) electric discharge machining (EDM).

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 224 - Advanced Tooling Applications

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the techniques for selecting proper tool applications. Focuses on complex tool geometries and their effects on machining parameters in a precision environment. Examines production advantages of advanced tooling applications. Highlights 5-axis milling programming to maximize tool life and optimize performance.

Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 251 - Advanced Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Modeling and Simulation

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the usage of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) in a complex 5-axis milling and 3-axis turning environment. Examines model and program complex parts using computer-aided design (CAD) and CAM software and features various complex multi-axis machining methods and applications. Applies machining methods to a flow cell precision machining production environment to witness positive production and quality impacts.

Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 253 - Advanced Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Operation and Programming

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate advanced coordinate measuring machine (CMM) programming using modeling and scanning. Examines advanced geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) theories and reports. Covers advanced machine tool calibration, investigate form, and use complex visual inspection equipment.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 254 - Machining Flow Cell IT Integration

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate process and quality control through the use of information technology (IT) systems in the manufacturing environment. Covers the use of measure cuts in high-end machining, systems communication, and data transfer to monitor productivity and quality. Features tools to monitor part quality in process.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 255 - Introduction to Supply Chain Strategies for Industry

Focuses on effective supply chain strategies for industry. Covers first article part inspections and production validation. Demonstrates flow cell ideology in a live flow cell production environment. Examines value stream mapping, customer/supplier roles, and quality systems in addition to proper health and safety guidelines.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 256 - Multi-axis Machine Tool Set-up, Programming and Operation

Covers the programming and operation of high end 5-axis milling and 3-axis turning machines. Features complex set-ups on 5-axis milling and 3-axis turning machines. Examines technical instructions and guidelines set forth by a flow cell precision machining environment. Demonstrates the necessary standard and quality audits associated with a machining flow cell.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 257 - Precision Machining Flow Cell Capstone

Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate various machining methods such as 5-axis milling, 3-axis turning, internal diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD) grinding in addition to vertical and wire electrical discharge machining (EDM). Covers coordinate measuring machine (CMM) programming and measuring, tool presetting and validation. Examines Lean and Six Sigma methodology in a live precision machining flow cell.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 9 hours per week. Total 10 hours per week.
4 credits

MAC 258 - Tool Inspection, Validation and Presetting

Covers the importance of tool management and tool presetting in a production environment. Examines tool presetting and tool presetter programming. Provides students with the opportunity to inspect and validate complex tool geometry using a computer numerical controlled (CNC) tool presetter.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits

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