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College of Technology Pathway Program: Machine Technology Option (EF20)

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Associate in Science

Campus contact for this program:
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Felisha Guirand-Fleurimond, FGuirand-Fleurimond@housatonic.edu

The Technology Studies-Machine Technology Option provides a solid comprehensive GENERAL EDUCATION in engineering technology, industrial technology, mathematics, and sciences, as provided by the standard Technology Studies program with a concentrated focus on machining technology.  Completion of the entire program with an average grade of “C” provides for automatic continuation at Central Connecticut State University’s School of Technology or Charter Oak State College, where the student can earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology, industrial technology, or technology education.

The degree enables the candidate to move more effectively and efficiently into a mid to upper level position within the manufacturing sector.


  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the application of various geometric and trigonometric functions including machine shop math applications towards set up cutter speeds and feeds material response to these operations
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic blueprint reading skills including orthographic projections lines and line weights and sectional views along with some drafting concepts using standard design and manufacturing practices.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the safe and proper use of measurement instruments, measuring machines, gages , indicators , digital read outs, point clouds and manufacturing inspection set up equipment relating to an understanding of quality control methods and procedures
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding and be able to operate basic manufacturing machinery including drill press, saws, grinders, lathes, and milling machines including basic Proto Trak and or conversational  CNC language milling machines or lathes
  • Basic set up and operating practices in the use of CNC equipment, learn overall G and M code langue including basic tool change and cutter compensations. Evaluate the quality of completed parts determine the source of any quality error found.
  • Demonstrate the use of all hand tools and manual operations used in multiple applications including Manufacturing shop layout, scribing tools, surface plates, height gages. Also in conjunction, work with tools for a variety of manufacturing applications including but not limited to hammers screwdrivers pliers cutters, shears, wrenches and any tool to support manufacturing and building or assembly operations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use computer design software to create drawings, Blue Prints, designs, fixtures or parts. Understand the applications of how it supports manufacturing and assembly industries.  Understand these applications between surface creations planes and data driven points and languages across the CNC machines using Cartesian Coordinates and machine drafting practices
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of advanced blueprint reading skills that support manufacturing and assembly operations of all industries relating to manufacturing.
  • Demonstrate the role Geometric Dimension and Tolerance plays in industry including form fit and function along with Quality Assurance and Quality control along with interchangeability and how to read and interpret and particularly how it combines itself with blueprint and drafting along with designing software such as but not limited to Solidworks Mastercam and solid modeling.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of manufacturing machinery operations including semi complex set ups using sine plates, tooling jigs and fixtures. Advanced grinding, lathe, and complex milling machines operations and techniques including intermediate Proto Trak and or conversational type and or CNC language milling machines or lathes and beyond
  • Intermediate set up and operating practices in the use of CNC equipment, semi- complex G and M code and language interpretation. Advanced cutter compensations projects requiring circular interpolation and tool change and cutter compensations. Evaluate the quality of completed parts determine the source of any quality error found.
  • Understanding processes within manufacturing that utilize methods of SPC (Statistical Process Controls) and the ability to use and understand Sampling charts, plans, Inspection plans including First Article inspection and histograms to remove process variation. Understand how to calibrate equipment and the purpose of intervals, traceability and Six Sigma Lean manufacturing principals.

Required courses to earn the degree:

Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Total Credits: 67

Additional non-credit courses are included in the curriculum. The non-credit classes include Manufacturing Math I (MFT E5008), CNC and Manual Machine Projects (new), Career Awareness (MFT E5012), and CMM (MFT E5014).

Humanities Electives:  ART*, COM* 101, 121, 152, 171, 173, 204, ENG* (101 or above), FRE* HIS*, HUM*, MUS* 101, 103, PHL*, SPA*, SGN*, THR* Foreign Language Electives: FRE*, ITA*, LAT*, SPA*

NOTE: Test-out opportunities from the non-credit Manufacturing Math I are available.

NOTE: Please read Expectations for Student Use of Computers in Courses here.

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