Machine Shop -
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) involves the manufacturing
of metal and non-metal parts using computers and a variety
of machine tools following exact dimensions from blue
prints, specifications or sketches. The program, which
reflects the goals of the college's Mission Statement,
offers training in the traditional, hand controlled
basic tools of the machinist, and also includes sophisticated
skills to use computer programs to make drawings (CAD)
and computers (CAM) to control production machinery
(CNC). Students enroll in Machine Shop - CNC to meet
requirements for transfer to a four-year institution,
to obtain a degree or certificate, for personal enrichment,
for training or upgrading job skills, to meet apprenticeship
requirements, and to acquire the skills for developing
inventions. Many factors have affected course offerings
in the past ten years, including the availability of
qualified instructors, changes in the environment, population,
economic conditions, college budget conditions, students'
basic skills, student interests, technology and facilities.
The increasing use of technology, and the additional
of weekend classes also have affected the program.
Degrees and Certificates - An Associate
in Science degree, a Certificate of Completion and a
Certificate of Completion-Adjunct are offered.
Personnel - At this time three full-time
faculty, seven part-time faculty, two full-time classified
employees, one part-time classified employee and one
student employee work in the department.
Teaching Methodologies - Lecture, lecture/lab,
lecture/demonstration and labs are the primary teaching
methods used in the program. Some self-paced and computerized
instruction also is used.
Technology - At this time no online
or distance education technologies are used.
Equipment - Several items of equipment
are in need of immediate repair and replacement, and
funds are being made available from VTEA for this purpose.
There is an immediate need for a dedicated air compressor
located in the program area that will provide consistent
air pressure for the CNC machines. An exhaust fan/dust
collector system is needed in the grinding room and
for the pedestal grinders. A portable welder and an
electric lift also are needed.
Facilities - The size and location of
program facilities is excellent; however, the CAD/CAM
lab should be located closer to the CNC machines, with
hard wiring between them. Shop areas need to be painted
and the tool crib reconditioned.
Offices need Internet connections and
computer labs and offices need air conditioning. The
ceiling in the lecture room (F274) needs repair and
The program will need to adapt to the
following conditions within the next ten years: reorganization
of current facilities, changes in technology, teaching
methods and curriculum development, and changes in student
academic preparation as well as the college's recruitment
strategies. Improved coordination with the Learning
Skills Center would help give some students specialized
assistance they need. Enrollment in the program is expected
to increase over the next ten years at the same rate
as overall college enrollment, as there is currently
a large demand for qualified machinists and indications
are that the demand is going to increase. See Program
Degrees and Certificates - No changes
in degrees or certificates are planned.
Personnel - See Projected Faculty and
Teaching Methodologies - Changes in
teaching methods will naturally come from the addition
of new technology for instructors' use.
Technology - Alternative delivery systems,
such as distance education and online courses, will
allow several courses to be offered using the new technology.
Equipment - In the next five years,
the following equipment needs to be replaced: wire electrical
discharge machine, a robot, and several computers. Several
new pieces of equipment are needed, including an abrasive
jet cutting machine, inspection equipment, and videos.
Facilities - The college should relocate
the CAD/CAM lab closer to the CNC machines, with hard
wiring between them. Shop areas require painting and
the toolcrib needs to be reconditioned. Offices need
Internet connections and both computer labs and offices
need air conditioning. The ceiling in the lecture room
(F274) needs repair and paint, and this room should
be dedicated solely for use by the Machine Shop - CNC
Staff Development - Instructors require
ongoing training on new equipment and should be able
to attend technical conferences that keep them up-to-date
with industry advancements; help in developing partnerships
with industry is also required.
The department should explore
alternative delivery systems and increases in class
size to provide more opportunities for students to access
and Staff Needs
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