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All Students in the Machine Shop will be exposed to manual machining after the completion of the mandatory twenty week exploratory program.
Manual machining at the beginning of the machine program is still the best way to introduce the students to basic machining operations, work-holding fundamentals, and give an understanding of the cutting process. This allows the student to develop this understanding as a prerequisite to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) programming and machining. After this introduction, the machine program makes the transition to CNC programming and machining using all the fundamental machining skills learned in the manual-machining phase.
The Machine Technologies CNC/CAM students will spend their remaining instructional time learning advanced metal machining skills and concepts. With the use of a state of the art CAM lab the students will work with advanced CAM systems to create part programs for CNC machines.
Since a machinist's main job function is to set-up and operate machines that shape metal and other materials into precision parts, the principle goal of the Machine Technologies program at Pathfinder is to provide the resources that students need to stimulate their mental capabilities. These abilities are developed in the students by providing instruction and experiences in designing, modeling, computer testing, trouble shooting, observing, analyzing outcomes, investigating problems and finally machining precision parts.
The transition from manual phase to the CNC/CAM phase is all based on each individual's ability and competencies. Individual instruction is the hallmark of this program: therefore, each student has the potential to be a productive machinist upon graduation.
The teachings in the measurement segment of the shop course include the following: