Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This curriculum prepares students to work with engineers and shop superintendents. Students develop skills in machine operation and theory, blueprint reading and mechanical drawing in the program's labs and shops. Training in job routing and scheduling is included. In the third semester, the emphasis is on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems and computer part programming capabilities. The course work includes discussions of such topics as robotics, graphics, group technology, future trends, and numerical control terms, definitions and standards. Related courses in mathematics, science and physics improve students' advancement potential. National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation enables our certified faculty to offer NIMS certification exams to our students. Students who successfully earn NIMS certification enjoy a competitive edge in the job market.

Career Opportunities

Toolmaker, machinist, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technician, production technician, manufacturing assistant.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science; machining experience desirable.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the Machine Tool Technology website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog ( It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate safe work habits and be conscious of safety when working with machinery.
  • read blueprints, interpret drawings, understand specifications, and work within stated tolerances.
  • apply mathematics in the machine tool trade (speeds, feeds, thread measurement, sine bar, etc.).
  • apply the principles of metallurgy to the science of heat treatment operations, including hardening of steel, carburizing, case hardening, tempering, and annealing.
  • operate machine tools and demonstrate knowledge of their construction in relation to the metal working industry.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the construction and operation of production machinery of various manual and computer controlled machine tools.
  • demonstrate skills on Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling and turning centers, sinker and wire Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM).
  • operate abrasive cutting machines such as surface, cylindrical, internal, and form grinding equipment.
  • demonstrate skills in quality control, inspection, gauging methods, and production control as they relate to manufacturing, design, and production.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
MTT118 Mill Applications 4 1 9 M REQ
MTT119 Lathe Applications 4 1 9 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIM101 Basic Machine Tool Programming 3 2 3 M REQ
MTT212 Machine Tool Applications 4 1 9 M REQ
MTT127 Metrology/Quality Control 4 1 9 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIM123 CNC Programming and Machining 4 1 9 M REQ
MTT222 Fixture Design and Fabrication 4 1 9 M REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIM205 Electrical Discharge Machining 3 2 3 M REQ
CIM220 CAD/CAM 3 2 3 M REQ
MTT216 Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment 4 1 9 M REQ
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4 3 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE


Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).