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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Certificate: Mechanical Technology with a major in Machine Tool Operations
Length: 
Three-semester (one-year) program or optional five-semester (two-year) night program
Purpose: 

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.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Metal Working Machine Tool Operator
  • Machinist Apprentice
  • Tool and Die Maker Apprentice
  • Machine Set-Up Person  

Admission Requirements:

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.

Program Requirements:

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.   

First Year
First Semester
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 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 12 17
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
DRF 162 Blueprint Reading II 1 3 2
MAC 102 Machine Shop Practices 8
MAC 121 Computer Numerical Control I 1 2 2
MTH 104 Applied Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 5 5 15
Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HLT/PED Health/Physical Ed. Elective 1 0 1
MAC 206 Production Machining Techniques 4 6 6
Elective1
1

Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.

Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 8 6 10
Notes:

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