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Ever wondered what you’ll learn in a CNC course?
As a student in UTI’s CNC Machining Technology program offered at NASCAR Technical Institute, you’ll learn basic machine shop skills, how to interpret blueprints, advanced manual milling operations and everything in between. By the end of
this 36-week program, you’ll possess valuable knowledge and skills to start your career in the CNC industry.
Before beginning any type of training, it can be helpful to research the classes the program entails so you have an idea of what to expect. Keep reading to find out what you’ll learn in each CNC machine course:
In this introductory course, you will learn to safely operate equipment in a machining environment. You’ll also learn about hand tools, saw types, saw blades, installation and removal and welding. This course primarily focuses on the proper care
and use of semi-precision measuring equipment.
The machining industry requires daily use of mathematics. In this course, you will learn to demonstrate proficiency using fractions and use mathematics, precision measuring equipment and proper workpiece layout for manual machining. You will also be introduced
to the use of hand tools on a drill press.
Tools & technology used
You will learn about ferrous and nonferrous material compositions and heat-treatment methods in this course. You’ll also learn about various material hardness-testing methods and measurement scales.
In order to improve your mathematical skills, you will demonstrate proficiency in algebraic calculations, as well as calculating ratios and proportions. Additionally, you’ll learn about the use of precision measuring equipment and how to maintain
machines in a machine shop by learning why and when to perform periodic maintenance.
In this course, you will begin reading blueprints to learn about their layout and the information presented. By understanding the parts and their corresponding prints, you’ll gain an understanding of inter-related feature relationships.
You will learn to use a manual lathe after having learned proper work and toolholding techniques, and you are also introduced to the manual mill. Topics covered include mill-specific cutting tools and toolholding and workholding devices. You will use
mathematics, precision measuring equipment and proper workpiece layout for manual machining.
Topics covered in this course include manual lathe operations and vertical milling setup. You will be taught the skills necessary to ensure proper and accurate use of manual lathe and milling machines to create various part features.
The course concludes with a conversation about offhand grinding equipment, as well as information relating to grinding wheels. You’ll also learn to safely deburr parts and sharpen cutting tools.
You will develop an understanding of manual lathe threading and taper turning in this course. You will also be taught the skills necessary to ensure proper and accurate use of the manual milling machine to create various part features. The course concludes
with a conversation on indexing head operations.
In this course, students dive into advanced manual milling operations. You will be taught the skills necessary to ensure proper and accurate use of the manual milling machine to create various part features. Special emphasis is placed on angular milling
and complex milling operations, and you will also learn geometry and trigonometry concepts required to accurately perform these operations.
This course covers the aspects of Computer Numerical Control that apply to both turning and milling operations. Subjects such as automatic tool changers, the machine control unit, motion control, coordinate systems and positioning systems are covered
in detail. You will learn programming concepts such as word addresses, G and M codes and tool movement commands.
Students also get exposure to the structural parts of a CNC program as well as an introduction to conversational programming. You’ll learn about CNC turning machines, and work and toolholding devices, as well as cutting tools used in CNC turning.
Included in this course are in-depth conversations regarding the Continuous Improvement component of quality assurance vs. quality control.
Programming for CNC turning applications is the primary focus of this class. Students learn about CNC turning machines, toolholding and workholding devices, as well as cutting tools used in CNC turning.
Utilizing content learned in this class, you will begin writing your own programs. Some of the many subjects covered include tool changes, sequence numbering, program stops, coolant codes and canned cycles, as well as various turning operations. The Continuous
Improvement component of buy vs. make analysis concludes the course.
This course focuses on the setup and operation of CNC turning centers. You will learn to utilize control panel buttons, keys, dials and knobs to control the lathe, as well as to load, display, edit and run programs. You’ll also learn to set up workholding
devices and account for coordinate system differences, tool geometry and wear offsets, as well as enter and prove out programs.
At the conclusion of the course, you will run programs at full feed, speed and rapid capabilities through use of auto mode. You’ll also learn about the Continuous Improvement components of just in time and Six Sigma.
This course begins with an introduction to the various types of milling machines and toolholding types used in milling machines. The course’s primary focus is on programming for CNC mills.
As a student, you will begin writing your own milling programs using the content learned in this class. You will also complete a lab exercise in material resource planning (MRP), which is part of Continuous Improvement.
This course focuses on the setup and operation of CNC milling machines. You will learn to utilize the control panel buttons, keys, dials and knobs to control the mill as well as to load, display, edit and run programs. You’ll also learn to set up
workholding devices and account for coordinate system differences, tool geometry and wear offsets, as well as enter and prove out programs.
At the conclusion of the course, you will run programs at full feed, speed and rapid capabilities through use of auto mode. The course concludes with the Continuous Improvement component of a capacity resource planning lab exercise.
Through CAD software, you will be taught the different geometry types such as wireframes, solid models and surfaces. Different software types are discussed to aid students in the understanding of CAD/CAM. Through use of CAM software, you will learn about
toolpaths such as 2D contour milling, face milling, holemaking, pocketing, contour turning and 3D milling.
Verification and simulation functions are used to ensure the tool(s) behave as expected and all machining details have been defined. You will learn about post-processing, a process of permitting the CAM software to write the CNC program. The course concludes
with the Continuous Improvement summarization of change management.
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the CNC Machining Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
34) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic. UTI graduates are prepared for entry-level positions using the provided training. Median and 90th percentile figures are provided for illustrative purposes only to show a possible career progression. Results may vary. The average entry-level salary in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $36,770 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Website viewed Oct 2019). The most recent U.S. Department of Labor estimate, published May 2018, for the hourly earnings in North Carolina of the middle 50% of skilled CNC Machine Tool Operators is $18.22. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data, however the 25th percentile is $15.62. UTI cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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