Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
  ENGL 120C Communications 3 0 3
  MATH 120C Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
# MFET 111C Manufacturing and Materials Processing 3 3 4
# MNFP 105C Engineering Drawing I 2 2 3
  XX xxxC Social Science Elective* 3 0 3
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
# MFET 220C Manufacturing Processes and Machine Tools 3 3 4
# MNFP 114C Applied Shop Mathematics II 3 0 3
# MNFP 115C Engineering Drawing 2 2 3
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective 3-4 0 3-4
  CHEM 105C Chemistry 3 2 4
# MNFP 110C CNC Programming and Operation I 3 3 4
# MNFP 203C Manufacturing Processes III 1 9 4
  MATH xxxC Mathematics Elective 4 0 4
  MCET 205C Materials Science 3 2 4
# MNFP 112C CNC Programming and Operation II 3 3 4
# MNFP 204C Manufacturing Processes IV 1 9 4
  PHYS 133C Physics I 3 2 4

# Indicates major field courses.
* Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C or HIST 105C)

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2016-17.

This program is not currently accepting new students.

Contact Department Head, Professor Joe Cunningham ( or 603-271-6484 x4416), for other options in manufacturing education at NHTI.

The degree of Associate of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Advanced Manufacturing  Process  Technology program (AMPT)  is designed to  give the student a solid foundation of the manufacturing processes related to traditional machine tools and CNC automated machining centers. There are five major interrelated areas of study: application of shop and tool room mathematics; interpretation and understanding of engineering drawings; knowledge  of  machine  tool  processes  and the  basic machine  tools:  lathe, milling  machine, grinder; CNC programming: mills and lathes; and CNC machine operation.

Along with the basic theory of manufacturing processes related to machine tools given in the classroom, it is essential for the student to apply the theory and obtain adequate laboratory time on industry grade equipment to gain the experience  necessary for employment.  The manufacturing processes major field courses all contain several hours of lab time in the machine shop and/or the CNC lab.

A Certificate program (AMPC) is available which gives introductory theory and limited lab experience in the five areas listed above. In the associate degree program much more lab time is provided as well as a series of successive courses in math, drawings, and machining. Additional topics included in the associate degree program are material property information, heat treatment processes, cutting tool material use and selection, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided  Manufacturing  (CAM)  software,  an  in depth  study  of  Geometric  Dimensioning  & Tolerancing (GD&T), advanced metrology, machine setups, jig and fixture design, high tolerance machining, with an overall emphasis on tool making for student lab projects. All courses in the AMPC certificate transfer into the associate degree program.

Graduates will have the foundation necessary to find employment in industry in positions such as machine operator, entry level machinist, entry level tool maker, CNC machine operator, and/or CNC programmer.

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Specific Admissions Requirements

  • Required: A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Grades of "C" or better in both high school Algebra I and Geometry are required.

  • Recommended: Successful completion of high school courses in trigonometry, engineering drawing, drafting or Computer Aided Design (CAD). A mechanical aptitude with various hand tools and/or power tools is highly recommended. Mechanical aptitude and basic computer skills are recommended.

Employment Outlook
Careers in advanced manufacturing are high-quality, middle class jobs and today’s manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than many other working Americans. A recent study of New Hampshire employers identified a shortage of technician-level manufacturing production workers. As the aging workforce begins to retire there is already of evidence of a skills gap in the current workforce. An adequate supply of skilled workers is needed to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in New Hampshire as well as the overall health of the state economy.

Over the past two decades, New Hampshire’s manufacturing economy has been moving away from manual mill work and toward automated, “smart” manufacturing. The technology infusion and high productivity that dominate the advanced manufacturing landscape demand a smart, safe, and sustainable manufacturing workforce. This requires individuals with professionalism, applied science, technology, math, and engineering skills, as well as knowledge of manufacturing principles.

Expected Student Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the certificate will have mastered the following skills:

  1. A graduate will be able to read, interpret, analyze, and understand standard  engineering drawings that use current industry drawing practices and standards.
  2. A graduate will be able  to correctly  interpret  and understand  ANSI  Yl4.5M  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing  (GD&T) symbols and callouts.
  3. A graduate will be able to create basic engineering sketches, including multi-view, section view, and auxiliary  views. Students will also be able to create basic CAD drawings  using standard drawing practices.
  4. A graduate will be able to use a 3-D Solid modeling CAD software program as a problem solving tool to calculate complex geometric and trigonometric  math problems.
  5. A graduate will have the ability to use and understand various common  methods  to solve mathematical   problems   associated   with  machining   and  tool  making   operations. This includes the use of topics and concepts from applied algebra, applied geometry and applied trigonometry. 
  6. The graduate will be able to use material property data to determine  proper  cutting  tool versus workpiece material combinations.
  7. The graduate will understand various heat treatment operations  in order to alter or change a material property or characteristic.
  8. The graduate will know about various tools, the available geometries, cutting tool material selection, and tool holders for traditional and CNC machine tools.
  9. The  graduate  will  be  able  to  properly  select  the  appropriate  cutting  speeds  and  feeds necessary for a particular  machining  operation based upon various input variables  such as type  of  operation,   workpiece   condition  and   geometry,  machine   rigidity,  cutting  tool material, etc.
  10. Graduates will possess a full knowledge of safety practices and procedures when using tools, machines, or other related equipment. They will act in a professional manner and will observe and follow all safety measures, procedures, practices to protect themselves and others working in the shop environment.
  11. Graduates  will  be  able  to  read  and  use various  micrometer  and  vernier  scale  types  of measuring  instruments.  They will be familiar with various standard  inspection  procedures and the proper use of many types of measuring equipment  commonly  used in the machine shop.
  12. Graduates will be able to create accurate part layouts using standard layout and measuring instruments.
  13. Graduates will be able to properly use various hand tools: files, saws, punches, chisels, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. to perform benchwork either related to prior or post machining operations.
  14. Graduates will be able to properly setup both the workpiece and cutting tool, select proper speed and feed rates, know the various operation capability, and properly operate each of the following traditional machine tools: engine lathe,   vertical milling machine, surface grinder, cutoff saw, handsaw, pedestal grinder.
  15. The graduate will have a firm foundation for "tool making" operations. This includes high precision setups, high accuracy machining and inspection, the exploitation of material properties (heat treatment), and the manufacture of jigs, fixtures, and gages.
  16. The graduate will have a firm foundation in CNC machining, both programming of G-code and the basic operation of CNC machining centers. This includes writing, editing, and simulation  of G-code programs; machine workpiece setup; the use of proper tool, work  coordinate,  and  cutter  compensation  offsets;  and  the  overall  operation  of  the machine.
  17. The graduate will be able to use CAM software for generation of complex geometry workpieces to generate CNC code. They will be able to take a CAD solid model into the CAM software package and create the tooling and toolpaths to produce CNC G-code.
  18. The graduate will manufacture tools requiring many of the aforementioned skills. These tools must pass inspection for engineering drawing conformity, precision, function, workmanship, and aesthetics.


Joseph Cunningham
MET Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4416

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011