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CNC/Machinist Technician

The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Erie Institute of Technology (EIT) in Erie, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines have radically changed the manufacturing industry. Curves are as easy to cut as straight lines, complex 3-D structures are relatively easy to produce, and the number of steps that require human action have been considerably reduced.

Get your hands on drill presses, mills, lathes, and grinders, then advance to CNC milling and CNC turning. You will learn to efficiently set up and run CNC machines.  Be capable of controlling the three axes of lathes and mills through Computer Numerical Control programs.  Problem solving skills, troubleshooting techniques, and use of engineering materials and processes learned at EIT will enable you to take your place in tomorrow’s industry.

What is a CNC Machinist?

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines are employed in most modern-day machinist shops and mass production facilities to increase accuracy and efficiency when forming metal parts. A CNC machinist is specially trained to program, operate, and maintain such equipment. He or she uses expert knowledge to set up machines that are capable of cutting, bending, forming, and polishing raw metal into finished parts and tools. Professionals read and interpret blueprints, input data into a computer system, and inspect the accuracy of a machine's operation. Machinists are responsible for making careful adjustments and performing maintenance on delicate parts.

Employment Opportunities

Employers are expected to continue to have difficulty finding computer-controlled machine tool operators and numerical tool and process control programmers with the necessary skills and knowledge.  Technology is not expected to affect the employment of machinists as significantly as that of most other production occupations, because machinists monitor and maintain many automated systems. Due to modern production techniques, employers prefer workers, such as machinists, who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing almost any task in a machine shop.

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2008-2018.

Employment of computer controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic is expected to increase by 7 percent, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. The increasing use of CNC machine tools in all sectors of the manufacturing industry, replacing older mechanical metal and plastic working machines, will increase demand for computer-controlled machine tool operators.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Blue Print Reading

  • Practical Dimensional Inspection

  • OSHA Safety Standards

  • CNC Mill & Lathe

  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

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