Machining Technology, Manufacturing Technology (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Manufacturing Technology
Emphasis: Machining Technology
Program Code: 1331

About This Major . . .

The Associate of Applied Science with the Manufacturing Technology major offers classroom instruction and related lab work with hands-on activities in the use of tools and the operation of equipment found in manufacturing.  In the Machining Technology emphasis students learn to apply industrial knowledge and skills to plan and implement designs, operate manual mills and lathes, operate computer-aided machinery with CAD/CAM software, and computer-numerical controlled (CNC) machines. Students also develop the skills that enable them to read blueprints, apply appropriate mathematical concepts, and understand the properties of metal and polymers. This course of study is designed to meet competency-based standards set by the manufacturing industry.   With this degree, students will be qualified for the following employment opportunities: entry-level machinist, computer-numerical control operator, numerical tool and process technician, manufacturing engineering technician, and manufacturing inspection technician.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit CMU Tech's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/CMU Tech associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Use written and oral communication skills needed for entry level employment in the manufacturing industry (Communication Fluency).
  2. Apply mathematical concepts to perform machining tasks (Quantitative Fluency).
  3. Summarize business practices, principles and application of associated technical skill in the machining industry (Specialized Knowledge).
  4. Apply the necessary machining skill sets to perform specified manufacturing processes (Applied Learning).
  5. Determine ethical and civil responsibility necessary for employees in the machining industry (Specialized Knowledge).

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and CMU Tech Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/CMU Tech.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/CMU Tech coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this program:

  • 61 semester hours total for the AAS, Manufacturing Technology - Machining Technology.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
Select one of the following courses:3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
KINA 1XXActivity Course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(44 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C” or better in each course.)

ENGR 125Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication3
or CADT 109 CAD-Mechanical Engineering
MAMT 101Introduction to Manufacturing2
MAMT 105Print Reading and Sketching2
MAMT 106Geometric Tolerancing2
MAMT 115Introduction to Machine Shop3
MAMT 120Machine Technology I4
MAMT 125Machine Technology II4
MAMT 230Machine Technology III4
MAMT 240Job Shop Machining II3
or MAMT 170 Practical Applications
MAMT 148CNC Applications3
MAMT 251CNC Machining I3
MAMT 255CNC Machining II3
MAMT 260Properties of Materials3
MAMT 207Introduction to Statistical Process Control2
Total Semester Credit Hours41
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Welding
Workplace Skills
CAD - Mechanical
Total Semester Credit Hours3
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MAMT 101 Introduction to Manufacturing 2
MAMT 105 Print Reading and Sketching 2
MAMT 115 Introduction to Machine Shop 3
MAMT 120 Machine Technology I 4
MAMT 148 CNC Applications 3
MATH 107 Career Math 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
MAMT 106 Geometric Tolerancing 2
MAMT 125 Machine Technology II 4
MAMT 230 Machine Technology III 4
MAMT 251 CNC Machining I 3
MAMT 255 CNC Machining II 3
MAMT 240
Job Shop Machining II
or Practical Applications
 Semester Credit Hours19
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
Essential Learning Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
Essential Learning Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
MAMT 207 Introduction to Statistical Process Control 2
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
ENGR 125
Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication
or CAD-Mechanical Engineering
Select one of the following: 3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communication
KINA 1XXActivity Course 1
MAMT 260 Properties of Materials 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours61

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found on the Graduation web page.

If a student's petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. A student's “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.