Modern advanced manufacturing has been revolutionized by the use of computers for design, machining and automation. Today, the design of almost all products and components is accomplished with the use computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing programs (CAM). Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is at the heart of advanced manufacturing and accurate and efficient production of complex components. Advanced manufacturing also uses computers to control the supply of materials, the inspection, the quality assurance and distribution of finished products.
The Advanced Manufacturing program at the Community College of Rhode Island builds upon our certificate programs in Introduction to CNC Manufacturing and CNC Manufacturing and 3-D Modeling. The new proposed advanced manufacturing degree and certificate programs cover areas of science and mathematics and their applications to machining practices, CNC programming, and places emphasis on both theoretical and practical phases of the design, cost, quality and production of machined parts. This program is designed to provide students with extensive hands-on laboratory experience while addressing three possible advanced manufacturing tracks: manufacturing design and rapid prototyping, advanced machining skills, and automation and quality.
This Associate Science degree in Advanced Manufacturing at the Community College of Rhode Island can be approached from three possible certificates in manufacturing - Manufacturing Design and Rapid Prototyping (ETMD), Advanced Manufacturing Machining (ETMM), and Manufacturing Automation and Quality (ETMQ) - or directly as a degree path. The degree path requires a prerequisite of MATH-0600 and ENGL-1005. Full-time students can expect to complete this program in five semesters.
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