Advanced Manufacturing and Design - Associate in Science
Knight Campus, Warwick only
Modern advanced manufacturing has been revolutionized by the use of computers for design, machining and automation. Today almost all product and component design uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs. The manufacturing process uses computers to control all aspects of subtractive and additive manufacturing (3-D printing). Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is at the heart of advanced manufacturing and the production of complex components accurately and efficiently. Advanced manufacturing also uses computers to control materials, inspection, quality assurance and distribution of finished products.
This program will provide students with extensive hands-on laboratory experience, and the basic skills and knowledge for employment in a variety of advanced manufacturing positions. The program will cover areas of science and mathematics and their applications to machining practices and CNC programming, and places emphasis on both theoretical and practical phases of the design, cost, quality and production of machined parts.
This associate degree is linked to two certificate tracks: Manufacturing and Design (ETCI) and Advanced Manufacturing and 3D-Prototyping (ETCA). Students can start their studies with one or more of the certificates or have all credits apply to the associate degree. The degree path requires prerequisites of Foundations of College Algebra (MATH 0101) and College Writing (ENGL 1005). Full-time students can expect to complete this program in five semesters.