Advanced Manufacturing Processes Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

MP 101 Manufacturing Processes 3-3-4
This course covers fundamentals of machining processes using traditional machine tools: lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, and cutoff saw. An in-depth coverage of shop safety is presented. The use of standard precision measuring tools including micrometers, dial calipers, vernier scales, etc. is presented. Basic machine setup practices and common cutting tool materials are introduced. Machining operations: turning, milling, grinding, drilling, boring, reaming, and tapping are covered. The lab portion of the course allows students to apply classroom theory to actual machine tools using precision measuring tools.

MP 104 Shop Mathematics 3-0-3
This course covers various shop related mathematics. It begins with a review of decimals and fractions. Basic algebra techniques are introduced and practiced. A review of basic geometry and right angle trigonometry techniques will be covered in detail. Applications from machine shop practice are used so that the student understands the method of technical problem solving using mathematics as a tool.

MP 105 Basic Engineering Drawings 3-0-3
Understanding and interpreting engineering drawings is an essential tool for the machine tool technician. Basic engineering drawing practices will be covered including, multi-view projection, dimensioning, section and auxiliary views, basic GD&T concepts, hole/thread callouts. Sketching assignments will reinforce common drawing practices and conventions. While the course focuses on reading and understanding drawings, a basic introduction to Computer Aided Design, CAD will be included.

MP 110 CNC Programming & Operation I 3-3-4
This course covers fundamentals of computer numerical control, CNC. Basic programming and operation of CNC machines are covered. The course begins with manual programming practices so that the student will understand the programming code and its structure. Standard safety conventions will be introduced for safe programming practice. Computer simulation exercises will facilitate the learning process as the student gains practice in checking and trouble-shooting programs. The basic operation of CNC milling machines and lathes are covered. The lab uses software simulations where students test their program prior to use on the CNC machines, and actual CNC machine operation. The lab is geared so that students will understand what and how the program and machine will function. (Pre-requisite: MP 101)

MP 112 CNC Programming & Operation II 3-3-4
This course is a continuation of CNC Programming & Operation I. Advance programming methods and practices are covered in more detail. An introduction to computer aided manufacturing, CAM, is used to generate more complex part geometries using a software package. Advanced machine operations will also be covered such as 4-axis programming and machining. The lab will allow the student to practice programming skills and give them additional practice time on actual CNC machines. (Pre-requisites MP 104 and MP 110.)

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