Focus: HOPE – Advanced Machining Program Course Curriculum

Focus: HOPE – Advanced Machining Program
Course Curriculum
Advanced Machining (AM) consists of a 10-week program requiring 285 contact hours. This course
consists of daily hands-on machine training along with classroom instruction. Taking the
instruction to a higher level Advanced Machining adds to skills obtained in Machining Essentials (ME)
Machining Essentials is a pre-requisite to Advanced Machining
The AM Program gives qualified students knowledge needed to enter the industry as a machinist, rather
than a machine operator. Graduates are able to interpret blueprints, set- up and operate machines, write M
& G code programs, qualify and inspect manufactured parts. The AM program provides students with a
strong foundation in machining, allowing them to meet challenging careers with opportunities for
advancement and specialization
Teaching Methodology:
The course simulates the workplace. Successful students approach each day at MTI with the same
discipline he or she will be expected to have on the job. The machining industry's tight production
schedules and standards make this daily routine an important and practical part of job preparation.
The program design assures that an Advanced Machining MTI graduate not only will be employable,
but will also be a higher skilled entry-level employee capable of advancing in the craft.
Advanced Machining Courses:
Shop Math
Blue Print Reading
Shop Theory
Quality Measurement
Manual Mills
Manual Lathes
CNC Turning &
Machining Center
Total Hours
Contact Hours
Shop Theory provides an overview of the principles and techniques used in the machine shop.
Students learn to use precision measuring instruments such as the micrometer, calipers and gage
blocks. Properties of metals and alloys are examined in some detail, along with the basic machines
used in metalworking operations. Speeds and feeds and the use of tables and handbook data are
Shop Mathematics gives students the basic mathematical skills necessary to enter the machinist
trade. Basic Shop Math topics range from fractions and decimals to algebra and geometry. Efficient
use of calculators is a regular part of instruction. Advanced Shop Mathematics concentrates on
problem solving in general math and trigonometry. Practical shop applications are an integral part of
the course.
Blueprint Reading teaches how to read a blueprint and take a job from blueprint to prototype. The
student develops an understanding of the standards, signs, symbols, and other techniques the
draftsperson uses to describe a part, unit or mechanism completely. Topics include dimensions,
tolerances, product specification, number of parts to be machined, process engineering and tool
Manual Lathes/Mills gives students hands-on experience in setting up jobs and operating manual
lathes, manual horizontal, vertical and Bridgeport mills, all integral aspects of the ME course.
Students also receive instruction in instrument reading and make actual machine-tooled parts from
CNC Turning/Machining Center entails practical application of all learning. Students receive
hands-on experience in the safe operation of CNC machines. They are introduced to programming
and the use of G and M Codes. They will be able to use Master CAM to transfer information from a
blueprint to a program that can be downloaded to a CNC machine
Quality Measurement will teach students the basics of using measuring tools (including CMM) to
measure parts and populated simple SPC charts. They should be able to read quality charts and
determine what adjustments need to be made to correct an out-of specification situation on a part.
Introduction to CAD will give students the basic in Computer Aided Design using AutoCAD. They will
be able to produce simple 2D and 3D drawings as well as modify and print existing documents.
The grading system is as follows:
Traditional letter grades are not assigned at MTI. Assignments, tests, and projects are the instruments
used to monitor progress through the various learning areas. Percent grades are assigned to the work.
Above Average
Not Passing
90 – 100
80 - 89
70 - 79
69% and below
Students will receive grades at the end of each machine assignment area (benchmark).
Books, computer access, smocks, safety glasses, handouts, shop machine access, and tools are
provided to students at no extra cost.
Students are responsible for their own writing utensils, paper and notebooks.