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The Machine Tool Technology program prepares students for employment in machine shops, tool rooms, and instrument and experimental laboratories and provides upgrade opportunities for employed industrial personnel. Students gain proficiency in the set-up and operation of drilling machines, lathes, mills, grinders, electrical discharge machines, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathes, CNC milling machines, and computer aided manufacturing systems. Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with skill standards established by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students completing the program may enter industry as an advanced apprentice machinist or machine operator and anticipate advancement to machinist, tool and die maker experimental machinist, or  numerical control programmer.

Machine Tool Technology 2 
Manufacturing Print Reading

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Machine Tool Technology 10A 
Introduction to CAD/CAM

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Students are introduced to engineering drawings and engineering specifications used in manufacturing industries. Representative drawings from simple production to complex assembly will be used to demonstrate concepts and for practice in interpreting the symbols and notations. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Y-14.5 standard and the construction of simple machine parts are also discussed. This course covers the study of the fundamental concepts of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Concepts explored will include the application of computers in manufacturing, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, Automated Manufacturing, and Integrated CAD/CAM.

Machine Tool Technology 10B 
Computer Numerical Control Programming

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 10A or equivalent; Machine Tool Technology 40 or equivalent; and Machine Tool Technology 46 or 101 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Machine Tool Technology 10J 
Numerical Control Graphics Programming

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab 
Recommended Preparation: Machine Tool Technology 10A, 40, 101 or equivalent 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

This course covers the study of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming with emphasis on contouring, canned cycles, cutter diameter compensation, looping, macro subroutines and multiple part programming for three axis milling machines and CNC lathes. This course covers Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), emphasizing interactive graphics programming for Numerical Control (NC) machines. Concepts studied will include interactive geometry construction, tool motion, machine functions, repetitive programming, graphic output and graphic editing. Students will process programs using interactive graphics computer systems.

Machine Tool Technology 10K 
3D Numerical Control Graphics Programming

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab 
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 10J with a minimum grade of C 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

Machine Tool Technology 16 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 16ab)

General Metals 

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

This course covers Computer Aided Manufaturing (CAM), emphasizing interactive graphics programming for Numerical Control (NC) machines. Students will utilize work planes, three dimensional (3-D) surface toolpath creation and manipulation, implementing 4th and 5th axis machining, generating surface to surface intersections, creating blends between surfaces, creating roughing operations for 3D, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) data conversion for the purpose of 3D machining. This course covers the general skills of metal working: machine shop practice, welding, bench metal, art metal, forge, foundry and sheet metal, design, construction, and occupational exploration.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

Machine Tool Technology 40 
Machine Shop Calculations

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: Machine Tool Technology 2 and Mathematics 23 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

Machine Tool Technology 46 
Basic Machine Tool Operation

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

This course covers the study of machine shop problems involving the solution of formulas related to screw threads, feeds and speeds, spur gears, simple and angular indexing. Geometric figures, angles, triangles, circles, arcs, trigonometric functions, compound angles and oblique triangles will also be introduced. Students are introduced to the basic principles and operation of machine tools with a focus on bench operations, drilling, engine lathes, mills, and grinding machines. Standard industry practices and tool set-ups used are emphasized. Laboratory projects and exercises related to the lectures and demonstrations will be assigned.

Machine Tool Technology 95 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 95abcd)

Cooperative Work Experience Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major. 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU*

Machine Tool Technology 99 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 99abc)

Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Machine Tool Technology with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU*

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Machine Tool Technology field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.


*Note: Transfer limitations apply. Note: The total units earned for Cooperative Work Experience Education may not exceed 16 units.

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Machine Tool Technology not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Machine Tool Technology projects (54 hours per unit).


*Note: Transfer limitations apply. Note: For eligibility requirements, go to www.elcamino.edu/admissions/credit.asp

Machine Tool Technology 101 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 101abcd)

Introduction to Conventional and CNC Machining

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Machine Tool Technology 103 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 103abcd)

Conventional and CNC Turning 

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab 
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 46 or 101 with a 
minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

In this course, students will be introduced to the principles and operation of conventional and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools with an emphasis on safety, measurement, hand tools, power saws, drilling machines, lathes, and milling and grinding machines focusing on practices and setups used in industry.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option

In this course, students will study at an advanced level the principles and operation of conventional and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools with an emphasis on the set up and operation of lathes. Topics will include safety, turning, drilling, boring, threading, cutting tools, CNC programming practices, and setups as applied in industry.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

Machine Tool Technology 105 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 105abcd)

Conventional and CNC Milling

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab 
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 46 or 101 with a 
minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

Machine Tool Technology 107 
(formerly Machine Tool Technology 107abcd)

Advanced Manufacturing Processes 

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab 
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 46 or 101 with a 
minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

In this course, students will study at an advanced level the principles and operation of conventional and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools with an emphasis on the set up and operation of milling machines. Topics will include safety, drilling, milling, tapping, tooling, CNC programming practices, and setups as applied in industry.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

In this course, students will study the principles and operation of machine tools with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing processes and machines, such as Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM), water abrasive jet machines, and grinding machines. Additional topics will include abrasives, coordinate measuring machines, advanced precision measurement, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), optical comparators, and practices and setups as applied in industry.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

Machine Tool Technology 201 
Introduction to Aerospace Fastener Technology 

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab 
Recommended Preparation: Mathematics 12 and 
Machine Tool Technology 2 and 40 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

Machine Tool Technology 203 
Advanced Inspection of Fasteners and 
Measuring Instruments

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab 
Prerequisite: Machine Tool Technology 2 or 40 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU 

In this course, students are introduced to fastener’s standard measurement techniques, cold-heading (forging), thread-rolling, centerless grinding, turning, trimming, and interpretation of travelers (routers). Standard aerospace fastener industry practices, safety procedures, and set-ups are emphasized.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

Students are introduced to advanced fastener inspection. Standard measurement techniques with focus on microscopes, thread pitch gauges, Go-No Go gauges, micrometers, indicators, calipers, gauge-blocks, plug gauges, comparator, and interpretation of travelers. Standard aerospace fastener industry practices are emphasized.


Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.