Precision Machining - Optical Fabrication

Certificate Program

Department: Applied Technologies

School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

CIP Code: 15.0613
MCC Program Code: PM04
NYSED Code (BRI): 31779
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This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the precision machining industry with special emphasis on optical fabrication. Optical fabrication is the manufacturing of optical components used in lasers, fiber optics, and digital imaging. Students will learn the principles and practices of precision metalworking and then apply these skills to the materials used in fiber optics, digital imaging, lasers, and other technological applications.
(Housed in the Applied Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate necessary soft skills to acquire a job within a manufacturing industry.
2. Perform manual machine part production to industry standards.
3. Perform computer numerical machine part production to industry standards.
4. Demonstrate measurement techniques necessary for successful employment.
5. Compose machine tool programs necessary for successful employment.
6. Demonstrate written technical communication skills.
7. Apply mathematical skills to solve industrial problems.
8. Interpret engineering models for part production.
9. Follow standard safety practices used in industry.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
TAM 121 Mathematics for Machinists I3
TAM 131 Machine Shop Print Reading I 3
TAM 101 Machine Shop Theory I3
TAM 141 Machine Shop Lab3
OPT 131 Optical Elements and Ray Optics 4
SECOND SEMESTER: 14-15 Credit Hours
TEK 101 Computer Applications for Technicians OR
CRC 113 Introduction to microsoft Excel
TAM 123 Mathematics for Machinists II3
TAM 139 Machine Shop Theory II3
TAM 142 CNC-Mill Set-up OR
TAM 143 CNC-Lathe Set-up
TAM 205 CNC Machining Project Lab 2
OPT 135 Measurement and Analysis4
Total 16-17

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