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Computer Integrated Machining Technology

Earn your Associates Degree in Computer Integrated Machining of Catawba Valley Community College, and you'll develop the skills you need for advanced machining operations.

Computer Integrated Machining TechnologyThe Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.

An Associate of Applied Science degree, diploma, or certificate is awarded to graduates of this curriculum.

Courses required to meet graduation requirements in this curriculum are offered day and evening hours.

Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement, and high speed multi-axis machining. Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

What skills and/or education are needed?

Individuals interested in pursuing the field need to take high school or vocational school math courses, including geometry, algebra II, advanced functions and modeling, or higher. Blueprint reading, computer programming, metalworking, and drafting are also critical to being successful.

How do I apply?

Rising high school juniors and seniors should see their school counselor. You must apply for the Career and College Promise-CTE Pathway. Graduating seniors should attend a "Starting Points" information session at CVCC.

Please see the catalog for more information about the degree, diploma, and certificate options for this curriculum.


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