Machining Technology AAS Degreeassociate of applied science




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First Semester Courses 15 Credits
MCHN 1302 Print Reading for Machine Trades 3
MCHN 1338 Basic Machine Shop I 3
MCHN 1343 Machine Shop Mathematics 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
MCHN 1319 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 3
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
MCHN 2334 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 3
MCHN 2331 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 3
MCHN 1426 Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 4
MCHN 1352 Intermediate Machining I 3
MCHN 2341 Advanced Machining I 3
Third Semester Courses 14 Credits
MCHN 2303 Fundamentals of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machine Controls 3
MCHN 2335 Advanced CNC Machining 3
MCHN 2438 Advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 4
PTRT 1191 Employment Preparation 1
ENGL 1301 Comoposition and Rhetoric  3
Fourth Semester Courses 15 Credits
Elective Speech1 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
MATH 1332 College Math for Liberal Arts 3
MCHN 1391-or-MCHN 2381 Special Topics in Machine Technology2-or-Cooperative Education: Machine Tool Technology/Machinist2 3
Machining Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Credits earned in the Machinist I Certificate Level IComputer Numeric Control/Programmer I Certificate Level I, and Computer Numeric Control/Programmer II Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree.


Program Details

Men and women working as machinists, create precise mechanical parts and tools for engines and other automated products using power-operated machines. In addition to operating technical machinery, machinists are also responsible for reviewing product blueprints and specifications, planning and troubleshooting the production process, and ensuring the accuracy of the finished product they create.

The Machine Technology operator/programmer certificate and degree programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in the manufacturing industries. Topics within the programs include blueprint reading, computer-aided manufacturing (CAD CAM), machine shop math, extensive hands-on set up, and operating manual lathes and mills, as well as operating, and programming CNC machine tools.

Machine Tool Technology is classified as an evolving occupation and the demand in careers for machinists is projected to remain steady and provide future employment growth and economic competitiveness within Texas. 

The program contains a progressive sequence of curriculum, with awards earned at milestone intervals.

The Machining Technology, AAS degree is the final set of instruction in the machining technology program. The Machining Technology, AAS degree contains all the skills, training and knowledge gained in the stackable machining certificates (Manual, CNC 1 and CNC 2) which includes material properties, blueprint reading, precision measuring tool use, precision layout and set up, machine shop mathematics, the safe operation of manual and CNC lathes, mills and drills, (CNC) programming and operational skills to successfully program operate and manufacture multi axis parts. The remaining course work required for the AAS after earning the previous machining certificates is 5 courses (4 academic and 1 machining). Although the Machining Technology, AAS is the final, terminal machining degree offered it is not a terminal degree for the student. The AAS can be applied towards a 4-year BAAS (Bachelor of Applied Science) at several Texas State Universities. 


Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Tuition rates are based on residency. Get an estimate of your costs by using the Tuition & Fees chart. If you need assistance paying for college, financial aid is available in the form of book advances, grants, scholarships, loans, and more.

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