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The NHTI Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology program (AMPT) gives you 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 tools and processes: lathe, milling machine, grinder
  • CNC programming: mills and lathes
  • CNC machine operation

The manufacturing processes major field courses contain several hours of lab time in the machine shop and/or the CNC lab.

Additional topics 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 and tolerancing (GD&T), advanced metrology, machine setups, jig and fixture design, and high-tolerance machining, with an overall emphasis on tool-making for student lab projects. 

Upon graduation, you’ll have the foundation necessary for positions such as machine operator, entry-level machinist, entry-level tool maker, CNC machine operator, and/or CNC programmer.

Specific Admissions Requirements

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

  • Recommended: Successful completion of high school courses in trigonometry, engineering drawing, drafting, or CAD; a mechanical aptitude with various hand and/or power tools; basic computer skills

Employment Outlook

Careers in advanced manufacturing are high-quality, middle class jobs. Today’s manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than many other working Americans. A recent study of N.H. employers identified a shortage of technician-level manufacturing production workers. As the aging workforce retires, there will be a skills gap you can fill to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in N.H. as well as the overall health of the state economy.

Over the past two decades, N.H.’s manufacturing economy has been moving from manual mill work toward automated, smart manufacturing. The technology infusion and high productivity demand a safe and sustainable manufacturing workforce. This requires individuals with professionalism, applied science, technology, math, and engineering skills, as well as knowledge of manufacturing principles – all of which you will receive with your NHTI education.

First Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
 ENGL 120CCommunications303
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning404
#MFET 111CManufacturing and Materials Processing**334
#MNFP 105CEngineering Drawing I223
 XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*303
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
#MFET 220CManufacturing Processes and Machine Tools**334
#MNFP 114CApplied Shop Mathematics II303
#MNFP 115CEngineering Drawing II223
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective3-403-4

Second Year

 CHEM 105CChemistry324
#MNFP 110CCNC Programming and Operation I334
#MNFP 203CManufacturing Processes III194
 MATH xxxCMathematics Elective404
 MCET 205CMaterials Science324
#MNFP 112CCNC Programming and Operation II334
#MNFP 204CManufacturing Processes IV194
 PHYS 133CPhysics I324
# Indicates major field courses.
* Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C or HIST 105C)
** All students taking the following courses will be charged the following materials fees: MFET 111C, $20; and MFET 220C, $30.

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

Program Outcomes

Successfully completing the certificate, you’ll have mastered the ability to:

  1. Read, interpret, analyze, and understand standard engineering drawings that use current industry drawing practices and standards.
  2. Correctly interpret and understand ANSI Yl4.5M GD&T symbols and callouts.
  3. Create basic engineering sketches, including multi-view, section view, and auxiliary views. You’ll also be able to create basic CAD drawings using standard drawing practices.
  4. Use a 3-D solid-modeling CAD software program as a problem-solving tool to calculate complex geometric and trigonometric math problems.
  5. Use and understand common methods to solve math problems associated with machining and tool-making operations. This includes applied algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. 
  6. Use material property data to determine proper cutting tool versus workpiece material combinations.
  7. Understand heat treatment operations to alter a material property or characteristic.
  8. Properly select the appropriate cutting speeds and feeds necessary for a particular machining operation based on input variables.
  9. Possess a full knowledge of safety practices and procedures, act in a professional manner, and observe and follow all safety measures, procedures, and practices.
  10. Read and use micrometer and vernier scale types of measuring instruments and create accurate part layouts using standard layout and measuring instruments.
  11. Set up 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.
  12. Have a firm foundation for tool-making operations, including high-precision setups, high-accuracy machining and inspection, the exploitation of material properties, and the manufacturing of jigs, fixtures, and gauges.
  13. Have a firm foundation in CNC machining, both programming of G-code and the basic operation of CNC machining centers. 
  14. Use CAM software for generation of complex geometry work to generate CNC code and take a CAD solid model into the CAM software package and create the tooling and toolpaths to produce CNC G-code.
  15. Manufacture tools that pass inspection for engineering drawing conformity, precision, function, workmanship, and aesthetics.

66-67 Credits Required


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