The rapid growth of industry in southwest Virginia has created demand for skilled metal-working machine tool operators to set up and operate conventional and numerically controlled lathes, milling machines, grinders, drills, heat-treating equipment and related precision measuring tools. There is a need for trained personnel to meet these requirements. The curriculum is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the program, and/or to continue in the A.A.S. Degree in Machine Technology.
- Metal Working Machine Tool Operator
- Machinist Apprentice
- Tool and Die Maker Apprentice
- Machine Set-Up Person
In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Machine Tool Operations program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
The Machine Tool Operations program is designed to provide about one-third of its requirements in general education with the remainder in Machine Shop and technical support courses. Upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum, the graduate will receive a Certificate in Mechanical Technology with a major in Machine Tool Operations.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.
|Course Number||Course Title||Lect. Hrs.||Lab Hrs.||Course Cr.|
|DRF 111||Technical Drafting I||1||3||2|
|ENG 137||Communication Processes I||3||0||3|
|MAC 101||Machine Shop Operations||5||9||8|
|MTH 103||Basic Technical Mathematics I||3||0||3|
|SDV 100||College Success Skills||1||0||1|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||13||12||17|
|DRF 162||Blueprint Reading II||1||3||2|
|MAC 102||Machine Shop Practices||5||9||8|
|MAC 121||Computer Numerical Control I||1||2||2|
|MTH 104||Basic Technical Mathematics II||3||0||3|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||10||14||15|
|HLT/PED||Health/Physical Ed. Elective||1||0||1|
|MAC 206||Production Machining||4||6||6|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||8||6||10|
|Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum||42|
1Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.