Oct 07, 2022  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Machinist Technician, Tier II, CTS

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Advanced Manufacturing

The advanced manufacturing stackable credentials were designed with extensive input from community manufacturers to enhance the local workforce market.

The credentials begin with Tiers I and II, which focus on basic skills and knowledge, safe work practices, and habits appropriate for the workplace environment. The Tier III program is developed to provide advanced skills in the respective areas. The Tier IV capstone semester is a project-oriented program with areas of design, re-design, fabrication and more developed experiences with equipment.

Community manufacturers will continue to provide input into these programs by participating in roundtable discussions with students regarding local workforce and internship opportunities. The manufacturers also will partner with FVCC instructors by serving on skills panels to help determine the types and levels of skills that will be required for graduates to succeed in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The stackable credentials will allow students to achieve levels of competency within one semester depending on their skill levels and academic direction.

The curriculum for these certificates was developed following the advanced manufacturing tracks designed through a TAACCCT Round 1 grant in the state of Washington and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing. The state of Washington has served as an instrumental resource in the development of the structure of the advanced manufacturing program at FVCC.

“Amplifying Montana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Industry” Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program (Grant Agreement #TC-23760-12- 60-A-30) was awarded on October 1, 2012. One focus of the $3 million grant is stackable credentials in advanced manufacturing. The grant also provided over $350,000 in new equipment for the advanced manufacturing programs at FVCC.

Industrial Machine Technology

The Industrial Machine Technology program provides instruction in the theory and operation of mills and lathes, both manual and CNC, other tools related to the machinist trade, and associated programming. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Apply quantitative skills in conjunction with trade handbook information to solve problems;
  • Effectively communicate during the problem solving process;
  • Use tools and equipment to form and machine various materials in a manufacturing laboratory environment;
  • Describe precision measurement and quality control procedures;
  • Use various precision measuring tools including a coordinate measuring machine;
  • Demonstrate advanced machining operations that are performed on CNC machines, and also Swiss CNC machines;
  • Produce advanced programs using G code; and
  • Demonstrate advanced techniques that are used on manual mills and lathes.

Machinist Technician Tier II, CTS

Second Semester Total: 17

1 This course may be substituted with WRIT 122, Introduction to Business Writing, which is offered at other colleges in the Montana University System.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Optional Course Offering:

Admission Guidelines

  • It is recommended that students complete the Machinist Technician Tier I program before entering the Tier II program.

Program Information

  • Both BMGT 205  and COMX 115  must be completed by students who want to graduate with an AAS degree.
  • Each completed Tier’s courses constitute a certificate in that Tier. A student may apply for graduation in Tier I, II, III, or IV. Or, a student may apply for graduation with a Certificate of Applied Science in Industrial Machine Technology upon completion of Tiers I and II. Alternatively, a student may apply for graduation with the AAS degree in Industrial Machine Technology upon completion of all four Tiers.
  • An internship is optional for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • CNC machinists work in machinery and machine tool manufacturing, small arms manufacturing, and machine shops. Growth in the manufacturing industry and the need to replace an aging workforce is expected to provide opportunities for graduates.
  • In Montana, employment of CNC machinists is projected to increase by 44% between 2010 and 2020. Both state and national projected employment growth exceeds the rate of overall projected employment growth.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Program Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor Program Advisor                             Program Advisor Program Advisor                               
Will Richards Lloyd Haugen                        Dan Leatzow, Ph.D.                         Harry Smith                      
OT 204 OT 109 OT 128B OT 128A
(406) 756-4862 (406) 756-3938 (406) 756-4187 (406) 756-4861
wrichards@fvcc.edu lhaugen@fvcc.edu dleatzow@fvcc.edu hsmith@fvcc.edu


Gainful Employment

For occupational information, tuition and fees, and other gainful employment disclosures, visit our website at www.fvcc.edu/gainfulemployment.html.

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