Companies are integrating computers into engineering and manufacturing environments at a rapid pace. At the heart of advanced manufacturing is CNC machining and the computer applications that support the design and manufacturing process. This program builds the basic skills and knowledge for employment opportunities in the CNC manufacturing environment. The certificate covers areas of science and mathematics as they apply to machining practices and CNC programming. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical phases of the design, cost and production of machine parts.
The certificate can be completed in a summer and fall semester, or in a summer, fall and spring semester. The certificate courses are offered in the day and evening. The accelerated summer-fall version will require attending classes four days a week. Certificate completion prepares students to enroll in a second, more advanced CNC-centered certificate – Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Prototyping (ETCA). The combination of the two certificates, ETCI and ETCA, can be applied toward the Advanced Manufacturing and Design A.S. degree (ETMA) without a loss of credit.
Note: Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.