Machine Tool Technology - A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion for fabrication into a career!

Our dedicated team of staff and faculty will help you from your application to graduation. Sussex provides a solid framework on which to build your college education for a successful future.

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The Machine Tool A.A.S program gives the students an opportunity to gain a broader knowledge and to achieve a higher skill level in machining than is offered in the one-year certificate program. Students are required to develop advanced skills in planning, designing, producing CAD prints, and setting up and operating machine tools to produce precision parts to specifications. The students receive training in programming, setting-up and operating CNC turning and machining centers. There is also a general education component integrated into the program to satisfy demands for appropriate workforce skills. Upon completing the A.A.S. degree program, students have the necessary skills to become employed as an entry-level machinist or a CNC technician.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Enter the industry as industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers or millwrights. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing,  fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and machine-related self employment.
  • Employ safety skills in an industrial setting.
  • Communicate procedures and methods to other related disciplines.
  • Produce parts to meet blueprint requirements on manual and computer numerical controlled machines.
  • Perform programming and setup procedures on a computer numerical controlled lathe and mill.
  • Integrate knowledge to design parts using computer aided drafting software.
  • Apply skills to manufacture parts using computer aided machining software on computer numerical machines.
  • Demonstrate professionalism with attitude, conduct and ethical work practices.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
MCHT103 Print & Drawing Interpretation 3
MCHT105 Machine Tool Technology I 4
MCHT115 Instruments, Tools, & Machines 2
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing & Communication I 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
MCHT135 Introduction to CNC Program & Operations 3
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
4
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
Total Semester Credits
16
Fall - Second Year
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
4
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 3
GHMN000
GSOC000
Humanities or
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement*
3
Total Semester Credits
13
Spring - Second Year
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
4
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
MCHT000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 3
COMS225 Computer Aided Design 3
Total Semester Credits
16
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.