CNC Machining

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018

Program Overview

CNC Machinists are fascinated by the complex relationship between computers and machine tools. From high-tech mountain bikes to advanced fighter jets, they use numerically controlled technology to innovate machine functions by building key parts. You’ll learn how to program, set up, troubleshoot and operate advanced machine tools. This combination of practical, hands-on experience and technical theory will set you up for a prosperous career in the metalworking industries.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Advanced Placement

    • Students may be admitted directly into the second year of this program upon successful completion of one of the following criteria: 1 year Machinist or Tool and Die training program, or Block I of the Machinist or CNC Machinist Apprenticeship program.
    If you are applying with advanced placement/standing please contact us at registrar.services@nbcc.ca for additional information regarding the application process.


    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of the CNC Machining program fill a vital role in the thriving computerized manufacturing industry in New Brunswick. These local manufacturers supply machined parts as well as sub-assemblies to companies throughout the world, especially in the aircraft and telecommunications industries. In shops where computerized numerically controlled machines (CNC) are used, graduates of the CNC Machining program fulfill a variety of critical roles as they gain experience. You may start as a machine operator, but CNC shops will soon recognize your ability, and most graduates quickly progress to roles that utilize their technical expertise. Over the last five years, the number of jobs available has exceeded the number of graduates of the program.

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    NOC Codes

    2233 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    9511 - Machining Tool Operators
    9514 - Metalworking Machine Operators


    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Layout and Benchwork
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Lathes
    • Saws and Drill Presses
    • Milling Machines
    • Grinders
    • Welding
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Introduction to CAM
    • Machine Tool Theory
    • Elements of Quality Management
    • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    • Communication and Human Relations
    • Jigs and Fixtures
    • Metallurgy
    • Computerized Programming
    • Coordinate Measuring Machine
    • Machining Centre
    • Turning Centre
    • Work Practicum


    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the basics of metallurgy. Instruction includes identification and selection criteria of materials, inspection and testing procedures, and heat treatment methods.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course develops skills in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry as they pertain to a computerized numerically controlled (CNC) manufacturing environment.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.

    Prerequisites:

    • MATH1208

    This course provides students with hands-on experience in programming and operating CNC machining centers using both basic and more advanced functions.

    Prerequisites:

    • META1040

    This course provides students with an overview of machining centers, their configuration, components and accessories. Students also get hands-on experience and theoretical training in basic programming, setting up and operating machining centers.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This is the first of two skill building practica which provide students with the opportunity to practice their work skills in a real work setting. This practicum is normally offered in the winter term.

    Prerequisites:

    • SAAL1111

    This is the second of two skill-building practica which provide students with the opportunity to practice their work skills in a real work setting. This practicum is normally offered in the last term of the program.

    Prerequisites:

    • META1041

    This course provides students with hands-on experience in programming, setting up, troubleshooting, and running basic programs to produce external part geometry on computerized numerically controlled (CNC) turning centers.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course provides students with hands-on experience in programming and operating CNC turning centers using basic and advanced functions to produce both external and internal part geometry.

    Prerequisites:

    • META1043

    Students are equipped to identify lathe components, accessories and tooling. They learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    Students acquire advanced lathe operation skills and become proficient in the techniques used to perform more complex lathe operations.

    Prerequisites:

    • META1066
    • SMTT1016C

    This course provides instruction into types and characteristics of drill presses as well as the tooling and processes typically performed on them.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    Students receive instruction in the set-up and operation of cut-off saws and contour band saws.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    Students are introduced to basic horizontal and vertical milling set-ups and operational procedures. They develop the skills required to perform advanced machining operations.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SMTT1016C

    This course provides an introduction to abrasive machining processes. Students learn characteristics of modern abrasives as well as the basic operations of off-hand, surface and cylindrical grinding.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course exposes students to the capabilities of computer controlled machines and procedures used to produce a part.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course enhances students' knowledge in the areas of cutting tool material, tool design, cutting action, chip formation and flow, as well as the selection and proper application of coolants and cutting fluids. Using these skills together with metallurgical theories and principles, students learn how to balance the metal removal rate and the cutting tool life to achieve optimum productivity.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.
     
     

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.
     

    This course exposes students to the basics of physics as well as the underlying physical principles that influence mechanical design and help solve problems specific to work performed by machinists.

    This course helps students develop the ability to interpret industrial drawings, apply drafting principles, and produce freehand sketches.

    This course teaches students to use computerized machining application software to create part geometry, generate machining and turning centers programs, as well as set-up and run programs.

    Prerequisites:

    • SAAL1111

    This course prepares students to work within quality systems common to the computerized manufacturing industry.

    This course familiarizes students with Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) associated technology and how it evolved, as well as provides an overview of current technological developments. This course will also provide students with the basic computer skills and file management techniques necessary to function in a CNC manufacturing environment.

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course is designed to familiarize students with types of measurement, layout and bench tooling. They learn techniques enabling them to accurately layout basic projects and perform bench tasks typical to the machinist trade.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • META1070D

    This course develops skills necessary to plan and produce jigs and fixtures to quickly and accurately hold work pieces for economic machining.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course helps students develop the ability to interpret production drawings and provides them with hands-on experience in setting up and operating coordinate measuring machines.

    Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to perform cutting, brazing and basic arc welding operations. Instruction includes the safe practices and accepted methods of oxy-acetylene and electric-arc welding equipment use.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G


    Specific Considerations

    This program is an apprenticeable occupation in New Brunswick. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a diploma and will have the opportunity to challenge two apprenticeship blocks toward their CNC Machinist license. Students who choose to exit after the first year will be eligible to receive a Machinist certificate and will have an opportunity to challenge Block 1.


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