This program provides a certificate of proficiency to students who wish to acquire skills in manual machine tools operations and programming of computer controlled machine tools for entry-level employment in the metal working industry.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I
  • MATH-0965 Intermediate Algebra with grade of "C" or higher; or appropriate score on Math placement test.
  • Complete MET-1100 Technology Orientation

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively and efficiently with diverse individuals and teams, all levels of employees, customers, and suppliers by means of verbal, written (memos, reports, emails, etc.), graphics, symbols, and effective listening skills and using appropriate technology.
  2. Complete tasks and projects on schedule through the effective use of time management, appropriate math skills, and teamwork that fosters inclusion, synergized efforts in problem identification, and troubleshooting for successful resolution of problems towards the achievement of set goals and objectives.
  3. Apply quality systems, principles, and concepts, and utilize appropriate math, measurement and statistical tools and technology to improve processes and product quality, and to enhance productivity.
  4. Incorporate safety awareness, principles and practices in every aspect of work and as a way of life, including machine safety, environmental safety, chemical safety, and personal/employee protection.
  5. Apply the knowledge of material science, machining tolerances, the use of basic blueprint/schematics, hands on skills and machine operation for the manufacturing of parts.
  6. Apply the knowledge of materials science, quality control concepts, blueprints/schematics reading and interpretation, and skills in machine tools operation and basic machine maintenance to accomplish the manufacture of engineering parts.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
MATH-1530 College Algebra 4
MET-1100 Technology Orientation 2
MET-1120 Computer Applications and Programming 2
MET-1230 Drawing & AutoCAD 1 3
MET-1240 Machine Tools and Manufacturing Processes 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
MET-1300 Engineering Materials and Metallurgy 3
MET-1400 CNC Programming and Operation 3
MET-2000 CAD/CAM Processes 3
MET-2422 Fundamentals of Engineering Economics 3
MET-xxxx Elective 1-3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours16-18
 Total Credit Hours30-32