Precision Tooling

Certificate Program

Department: Applied Technologies

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

CIP Code: 48.0507
MCC Program Code: PM02
NYSED Code (BRI): 20033
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This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the precision metal-working industry in Monroe County and the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Included in this certificate is the course work and hands-on skills development necessary to enter apprenticeship programs in mold making, machine building, tool and die making, or employment in production machining. Students enrolling in this program can also prepare for majors in the mechanical, quality, or manufacturing programs offered at Monroe Community College.

All TAM courses are approved as technical related instruction by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training and used by the area's local manufacturers as a means of educating current employees.
Students interested in this program may also be interested in the Apprentice Training: Machine Trades program.
(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
Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or Math 098 at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 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
TAM 105 Machine Project Lab OR
SECOND SEMESTER: 17-18 Credit Hours
TAM 123 Mathematics for Machinists II OR PROGRAM TECHNICAL ELECTIVE3
TAM 132 Machine Shop Print Reading 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 OR
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition OR CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy
Total 17-18
TAM 115 Principles of Metallurgy
TAM 142 CNC Mill Set-up
TAM 143 CNC Lathe Set-up
TAM 151 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Machinists
TAM 155 Tool and Fixture Design
TAM 241 Advanced Machine Shop Lab
TAM 242 Machine Shop Practice IV
TAM 245 Computer Aided Manufacturing
TAM 246 Computer Aided Manufacturing 2
TAM 251 Statistical Process Control (SPC) for Machinists
TAM 255 Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory
BUS 104 Introduction to Business
CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy
ECO 103 Personal Money Management
ENG 251 Technical Communications
TAM 155 Toolroom Technology I
TAM 242 Machine Shop Practice IV

* Students currently working in the precision machining industry may substitute a program technical elective for TAM 105 and TAM 123 and a program general/technical elective for TAM 205 based on work experience and approval of a faculty advisor.

NOTE: All students enrolled in the Certificate program should take the MCC AccuPlacer exam for advisement prior to registration. It is recommended that students have a minimum of two years high school math or place at the level of MTH 104 or higher on the AccuPlacer exam prior to enrolling in this program. Please seek advisement from the TAM Coordinator or a faculty advisor prior to registration. Call 585-292-3725 for an appointment or for advisement times.

For information related to cost, success rate, and student debt in this program, please visit Precision Tooling - Gainful Employment Information.