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Computer-Integrated Machining Technology

Computer-integrated machining technology students prepare for employment in precision machining and/or precision optics manufacturing occupations. These include tool and die making, mold making, instrument making, manufacturing of optical elements, and computer numerical control machining (CNC). Graduates are successfully employed in both large manufacturing corporations and small contract manufacturing shops. In addition, graduates can continue their education in manufacturing and engineering technology programs.

On-the-job responsibilities

Graduates will set up and operate lathes, milling machine tools, grinders, polishers, and computer numerical controlled machine tools; shape material into precision parts by conventional and nonconventional processes; follow blueprints; and use advanced measuring techniques to inspect work.

Places of employment

Graduates will find work in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, metal and/or precision optics manufacturing industries, engineering firms, and engineering research firms. Positions for which graduates qualify include entry-level and apprenticeship programs for positions such as a tool and die maker, instrument maker, mold maker, pattern maker, model maker, machinist, computer numerical control operator, or computer numerical control programmer trainee. Graduates who choose precision optics electives are also qualified for an entry-level position as a precision optics manufacturing technician. Graduates also work for companies that produce optical elements for a variety of applications.


Students primarily interested in traditional machining positions typically choose the following electives: technical elective, Design, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing (0890-216) from the applied mechanical technology program; advanced technical elective, CNC Toolpaths (0813-257); and machining technical elective, Automated Machining (0813-258).

Students primarily interested in precision optics manufacturing positions typically choose these electives: technical elective, Lens Design and Application (0813-240); advanced technical elective, Optical Testing (0813-242); and machining technical elective, Precision Optics Manufacturing II (0813-245).


Successful completion of a sampling experience either through the Summer Vestibule Program or an equivalent career exploration course is a prerequisite, as are the following:

English: Placement into English level C or above. Students successfully completing AOS degrees typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into Foundations of Algebra (0884-180) or a higher-level course. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Computer-integrated machining technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.

First Year

Engineering Fundamentals 0813-220 4

Computing Tools for Engineering Technology 0890-212 4

Foundations of Algebra 0884-180 4

English Level C 12

Freshman Seminar 0887-200 2

Manufacturing Processes 0813-222 4

CAD Applications in Engineering Technology 0890-214 4

Physics of Matter 0885-154 3

Computer-Integrated Machining Technology 1 0813-231 3

Introduction to CNC 0813-250 2

Precision Measurement 0813-255 2

Trigonometry for Coordinate Analysis I 0884-205 3

Blueprint Reading 0813-239 2

Wellness Education† 0

Second Year

Computer-Integrated Machining Technology 2, 3, 4 0813-232, 233, 234 12

CNC Graphics 0813-252 3

Industrial Materials 0813-251 3

Trigonometry for Coordinate Analysis II 0884-206 3

CNC Solids 0813-254 3

Precision Optics Manufacturing I 0813-244 2

Choose one of the following technical electives: 3

Lens Design and Applications 0813-240

Physics I 0885-201

Design, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing 0890-216

Choose one of the following advanced technical electives: 3

CNC Toolpaths 0813-257

Optical Testing 0813-242

Job Search Process 0806-101 2

Communication Studies* 3

Social Science* 3

Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3

Cooperative Education 0813-299 Co-op

Third Year

Choose one of the following manufacturing technical electives: 6

Automated Machining 0813-258

Precision Optics Manufacturing II 0813-245

Humanities* 3

Employment Seminar 0806-201 1

Capstone* 3

Total Quarter Credit Hours 105

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