Today's demand in the work force for marketable skills in manufacturing technology, both locally and nationally, are at all time highs. This will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. Rich Mountain Community College is offering courses in the field of Machine Tool Technology that will prepare today's student with the skills to meet this demand. The courses are the perfect beginning for the just-entering student. For those already in the work force, the courses will upgrade their present skills. In both instances the student will gain the skills to meet the demand of today's work place.
Equipment used in training the student in the Machine Tool Technology program is comparable to that found in industry. Up-to-date computers and computer programs are available for student training. The student will work on many different projects, some that are as challenging as those found in the industrial work place. Students will operate manual machines and computer numerical control machines. All work in the lab is preceded by classroom instruction and student instruction at machine side. Some daily machine maintenance is also taught.
In the lab, students will work on individually assigned projects. Because of the complexity of some projects, students will sometimes work as teams to complete the assigned task. The course is designed to have student projects that are instructor assigned and appropriate outside projects that come from individuals and local industry. The Machine Tool Technology certificate requires two semesters to complete. The course is designed to be taken as a complete unit of 18 hours per semester and can be entered in either the fall or spring semester.