Machining Technology

The Machining Technology program of study is designed for students interested in becoming a Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator, a CNC Machining Tool Programmer, or a Machinist. Course content focuses on safety practices concerning: machining technology; proper measurement and layout techniques; reading and interpreting specification drawings and blueprints; production design processes; quality control procedures; machine parts to specifications using both manual and computer-controlled machine tools; and measuring, examining, and testing completed products to check for defects and conformance to specifications. Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will be prepared to pursue industry certification at a technology college or more advanced coursework at a two-year or four-year postsecondary institution.
Back in 2011, Governor Bill Haslam announced six target clusters for which Tennessee had a competitive advantage and would focus its recruitment efforts to bring more businesses to the state. One of those target clusters was Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Technologies, and after several consecutive years of strong job gains, the demand for skilled workers shows no sign of slowing. Among these careers was Machinist. Machinist fall under the manufacturing subcategory of Production. Compared to the national rate of 5.2 percent, job creation in Tennessee is soaring in manufacturing fields, accounting for $30.2 billion in manufactured goods exported every year and a 9% overall increase over the last four years.
 
In 2015, Tennessee ranked first in the nation in automotive manufacturing strength. With its attractive business climate and strategic location, Tennessee is home to a strong base of manufacturers representing many diverse industries, led by the state’s automotive sector, which in recent years has converted into a regional and national powerhouse. In industries such as these, employers like Alcoa, Eastman Chemical, and Bridgestone are in need of skilled technicians and engineers who can design, maintain, and operate complex production systems.
 
Machining Technology is the investigation of utilizing distinctive complex machining applications and procedures to help in more astute, more effective item plan and improvement. Engineers will set up and work a mixture of CNC controlled and mechanically-controlled machine apparatuses to deliver accurate metal parts, instruments, and devices. CNC machines control the cutting apparatus speed that intricately cut each section. The mechanic decides the cutting path, the velocity of the cut, and the feed rate by programming directions into the CNC machine. Mechanical engineers must have the capacity to utilize both manual and computer controlled apparatus in their occupations. 
 
Since the innovation of machining is evolving quickly, machinists must figure out how to work an extensive variety of machines. Some more up to date assembling procedures use lasers, water jets, electrical release machines (EDM), and energized wires. Albeit a portion of the computer controls are like those of other machine instruments, machinists must comprehend the one of a kind capacity of distinctive machines. As they create new sorts of machine devices, machinists must continuously learn new machining properties and systems.
 
According to Jobs4TN.gov, the rate of employment is expected to grow in these occupations (See Figure 1 for details) Although these occupations are all related to Machine Technology, they each have different roles and responsibilities. Machinists operate computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. On the other hand, Computer Numerically controlled machine Tool Programmers (metal and plastic) develop the programs to control machining and processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. Finally, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators (metal and plastic) operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.