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In the Minnesota State College Southeast CNC Machine Tool program, you'll learn the precision skills of the tool and die maker on state-of-the-art equipment.

Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: CNC Machine Tool
Campus(es): Winona

Major Details

In the Minnesota State College Southeast CNC Machine Tool program, you'll learn the precision skills of the tool and die maker on state-of-the-art equipment.

The CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Machine Tool program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona offers the training and education you'll need for a rewarding career in the field of precision computerized machining and manufacturing.

Our program is based on the philosophy that hands-on is the best way to learn machining and die making. The CNC Machine Tool program teaches the high level of technically advanced machining that modern industry requires.

In CNC Machine Tool (also known as tool and die), you will learn the fundamentals of precision machining by working with engineering drawings, CAD/CAM software, computer controlled mills, lathes, and EDM machines. We emphasize learning the basic skills in machining technology and progressing to the development of advanced CNC machining and programming skills.

The 2-year, 58-credit diploma in CNC Machine Tool includes intensive coursework in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Precision measuring and gauging
  • Setup, operation, and troubleshooting both computer and manual machines
  • Manufacturing components to specifications
  • Completing inspection reports on all components

Final Capstone Project

In the final capstone project, CNC Machine Tool students demonstrate their skill, knowledge and originality by designing and manufacturing their own machining project. The capstone project also includes a summary report with design prints, process, set-up, and CNC programming details supported by digital pictures.

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Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Manufacturing Production Process Development

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Courses

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
COMM1015
Job Seeking Skills
Students will gain independence and proficiency in job searching skills through activities and assignments designed to help them learn how to find jobs, how to prepare to apply for jobs, and how to present themselves as candidates for jobs. Skills covered will include how to search electronically for a job; how to develop written documents needed for a successful self-directed job search, including how to create an electronic portfolio; and how to secure, conduct, and follow up on job interviews. (Prerequisite: none) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
 
8 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
CMAE1510
Print Reading
This course will give students an understanding of basic mechanical drawing principles. Topics include the alphabet of lines, arrangement of views, orthographic projections, scaling, dimensioning, tolerancing, and symbols. Students will read and interpret mechanical drawings. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1601
Introduction to Precision Machining
This course covers the fundamental elements of basic machine shop theory that would be applied to shop applications. Students taking the course will be able to apply skills learned in the classroom to the lab where they will have hands on experience on basic machine shop equipment. Topics of study include safety, measuring parts to print, proper set up, speeds & feeds, and cutting tool usage. (Prerequisites: None) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
MACH1610
Precision Measuring and Gauging
This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of typical measuring tools used in the Machining profession. Students will learn various measuring techniques used in the manufacture of machined parts. (Prerequisites: None) (2 Credits: 2 lecture)

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2 cr
MACH1615
Precision Machining Processes
This course will familiarize the student with what can be done with both manual machine tools and computer aided machine tools used in the manufacturing process. The student will have hands on experience with manual and computer type machines. Topics of study include setup, operation, and troubleshooting on both machine types. Safety, measuring parts to print, proper set up, speeds & feeds, and cutting tool usage, manual programming of CNC machines will also be covered. (Prerequisites: MACH1601 [or taken concurrently]) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
MACH1625
Engineering Drawings 2
This course covers the fundamentals of intermediate/advanced blueprint reading. The student will learn skills to interpret drawings and sketches that would be used in industry. Topics of study will be sketching, dimensioning, geometric tolerancing, section views, working drawings, and cad styles. (Prerequisites: MACH1605) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1630
Introduction to CNC Theory
This course will familiarize the student with the theory of CNC machining and set up. Students will write programs and examine programs on the various machines on the shop floor. Students will learn about all facets of programming mills, wire edm, and turning type machine tools. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605, MACH1610, MACH1625, MACH1625, CPMT1632, CPMT1640 or equivalent) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MACH1642
CNC Operations 1
This course will familiarize the student with CNC machining and set up. Students will set up and run programs on a CNC lathe and a CNC mill. (Prerequisite: None) (2 Credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1643
CNC Operations 2
This course will familiarize the student with CNC machining and set up. Students will write programs and run programs on the various machines on the shop floor. (Prerequisite: None)(2 Credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1650
Introduction to EDM
This course will familiarize the student with operating Electrical Discharge Machining. Both sinker and wire type EDM machines will be covered in the course. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605, MACH1610, MACH1615 or equivalent) (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1662
Introduction to CAD/CAM + 3D Printing
This course will familiarize the student with computer aided drafting, computer aided machining and 3D printing. Students will learn the design drafting process of the CAD computer program. Students will learn the Computer Aided Machining (CAM) process of the software to produce Machining Tool paths and to write G-code programs. Students will learn how to import CAD models into 3D printing slicing software and how to print the model. This course can be taken as an elective to other programs, or as a mid-year start for the CNC Machine Tool program. (Prerequisite: none) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MACH2633
CNC Precision Machining Mill
This course will focus on CNC Machining Center operations used to support metal stamping die making, injection mold making, & Production Machining projects. Each student will manufacture several example parts in this course. The student will be responsible for the programming, machine set-up, machining, production & inspection. The finished project must produce an accurate part according to the print tolerances. (Prerequisites: CMAE1510, MACH1601, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1625, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650, and MACH1661 or MACH 1662 or equivalent. (4 Credits: 1 lecture/3 lab)

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4 cr
MACH2635
CNC Precision Machining Lathe
This course will focus on CNC Lathe operations used to support manufacturing and tool making. Each student will manufacture several project parts from a lathe in this course. The student will be responsible for the proper set-up and operation of the Lathe and all cutting tools. The finished project must produce an accurate part according to the Tolerances applied in the part print. The student will inspect their own parts, and submit the part and the inspection report to the Instructor. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605 or CMAE1510, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1625, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650, and MACH1661 or MACH1662 or equivalent) (4 Credits: 1 lecture/3 lab)

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4 cr
MACH2637
CAM Programming and Toolmaking Application I
This course will familiarize the student with the manufacturing of individual parts, and Tooling components using Precision Manual Machining, CNC Lathe, CNC Mill, & EDM Set-up and Operation. The Instructor will give each student several Machining Projects. Each student will manufacture the components to specifications, and complete inspection reports on all components. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605 or CMAE1510, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1625, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650, & MACH1661 or MACH1662 or equivalent) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MACH2639
CAM Programming and Toolmaking Application 2
This course will provide: This course will familiarize the student with the manufacturing methods using CNC machines to support manufacturing processes and Tool Making. The Instructor will give each student a design for a special project, or multiple projects. Each student will manufacture the project components to specifications, and complete inspection reports on all components.(Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605 or CMAE1510, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1625, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643 MACH1650, MACH1661 or MACH1662, MACH2633, MACH2635, MACH2637, & MACH2660, or equivalent) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
MACH2640
CNC Precision Machining Capstone
This capstone project represents an opportunity for students to explore, in detail, a particular Machining topic of interest to them. It is designed to be an original, creative investigation leading to new insights, conclusions, skill enhancement, and demonstrate the student's skill development. It also serves to provide experience in designing a project, carrying out such an investigation, and presenting a formal technical report describing the processes and results. ¿ Students will write a Capstone Summary Report that includes a Power Point slide show, Design prints, Process Plan, Set-up procedures, and CNC Programming details, supported by Digital pictures. ¿ The student is required to present the finished project to a Review committee. The presentation will include the Written Report, the Project work piece display, and a Power Point slide show. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605 or CMAE1510, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650, MACH1661 or MACH1662, MACH2633, MACH2635, MACH2637 and MACH2660 or equivalent) (5 Credits: 1 lecture/4 lab)

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5 cr
MACH2642
CNC Precision Machining Application
This course will focus on CNC Machining using all Computer Numerical Control Machines available in the shop, including Electrical Discharge Machines, Mills, and Lathes. Presentation & Lecture time will discuss Work holding & Fixture theory, and Methods of writing CNC programs. The student will be responsible for the programming, set-up and safe operation of all machines. Projects will be assigned by the Instructor for each type of machining. (Prerequisites: MACH1601, MACH1605 or CMAE1510, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1625, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650, MACH1661 or MACH1662, MACH2633, MACH2635, MACH2637 or equivalent) (4 C/ 1 pres/lect, 3 lab, 0 other)

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4 cr
MACH2660
Advanced CAD/CAM I
This course will familiarize the student with advanced computer aided drafting and computer aided machining in support of Manufacturing and Tool Making using CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, and EDM machines. Students will design, and manufacture projects using the Master CAM software computer program to communicate with Computer Numerical Control machine tools. Students will work with Surface Tool paths in 2D, and 3D-solid geometry types. (Prerequisites: CMAE1510, MACH1601, MACH1610, MACH1615, MACH1630, MACH1642, MACH1643, MACH1650 & MACH1662 or equivalent) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
 
51 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 59 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$12,500
Minimum Tool Cost:$600
Books/Supplies:$670
Estimated Total:$13,770
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Micro Machining
  • Medical Machining
  • Moldmaker
  • Diemaker
  • Toolmaker
  • CNC Machinist
  • Production Machinist
  • General Machinist

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Be employable at entry level machining jobs in related fields.
  2. Use the basic skill and knowledge of machine shop operations in manual and CNC machining to produce parts to blueprint specifications.
  3. Demonstrate safe work habits.
  4. Clearly communicate through verbal and written skills.
  5. Use the math and computer skills necessary in the machine trades.

Highlights

  • Train on state-of-the-art equipment in our new Advanced Manufacturing Lab
  • 20+ stations of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) programming software available for student training
  • 70% of coursework is hands-on
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines offers wire electrical discharge machining (edm), turning and milling technology
  • Focus is on keeping up with the technology used in industry
  • Employment opportunities are abundant locally as well as regionally

Instructors

Richard Hengel
CNC Machine Tool instructor Rick Hengel comes to Minnesota State College Southeast with 34 years of experience in industry and 14 years of experience in management and supervision. He has been involved with the CNC Machine Tool Technology advisory committee for more than 10 years. He assisted in designing the curriculum and launching the certificate in Prototype Engineering for high school students, which he began teaching in 2017.
Todd Ives
CNC Machine Tool instructor Todd Ives comes to Minnesota State College Southeast with 31 years of experience in industry. He has been involved with the CNC Machine Tool Technology advisory committee for 3 years and has been an adjunct PSEO instructor for the Prototype Engineering program.

 

 

 
 

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