Today modern manufacturing depends upon the use of computers, robots, CNC and 3D-printing technology and digital technology and PLCs. This program builds on the basic skills and knowledge developed in the Introduction to CNC Manufacturing certificate (ETCI). The certificate will increase CNC programming skills and introduce the concepts of rapid prototyping, digital direct manufacturing and the use of 3D-laser scanning and 3D-printing. The courses will make extensive use of 3D-modeling with SolidWorks, tool control with G and M codes and MasterCam. Students will also develop a basic understanding of digital systems and the programming of PLCs. The final course is a capstone course, requiring 140 hours of an industry practicum or internship.
The certificate can be completed in one spring semester, or two fall and spring semesters. Currently the certificate courses are only offered in the evening. The accelerated one-spring semester version will require attending classes four nights a week. The combination of the two certificates can be applied to the Engineering Systems Technology A.S. degree without a loss of credit.
Note: to enroll in this certificate program students must have successfully completed the Introduction to CNC Manufacturing certificate (ETCI).