Precision Machining Technology Program

Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Program

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Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Program StudentThe Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Program provides students with the training necessary to obtain high paying jobs in precision manufacturing. The program has graduated skilled machinists for over 80 years. All of our machining instructors are previous graduates of the program with a combined 80+ years working in the metalworking industry. Over the past 10 years, the program has acquired an impressive job placement rate in this fast-growing field, with new opportunities rapidly emerging across the nation.

In this comprehensive program, students receive theoretical and practical experience in the care and use of tools, care and use of machines, working to achieve precise tolerances, technical drafting, computer numerical control programming, CAD-CAM training, metallurgy, tool making, fixture design, and precision measurements. The program also contains general education courses to assist in social and business communications and to prepare students to be leaders and team players in high-tech manufacturing industries.

Program Objectives

PMT Student at DCCThe Precision Machining Technology Program is designed to train students for rewarding and challenging employment opportunities in the many occupations available in industrial manufacturing shops.

The following occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:

  • Machine Tool Operator
  • CNC Machinist
  • Mold Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Manual Machinist
  • Quality Technician

Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships

We have scholarship programs specifically targeted to students wishing to enter the precision machining field.

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarships

GHFDanville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) receive an annual award from the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) that will be used to provide scholarships to future students enrolled in the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining Program and the Precision Machining Technology Program at Danville Community College.  Read more...

James R. Meissner, II Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The James R. Meissner II Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Judith Meissner in January 1998 in memory of her husband who was a long-time faculty member in the Precision Machining Technology program. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time freshman or sophomore who is enrolled in the Precision Machining Technology program and who has maintained at least a 3.00 GPA.  Read more...

For More Information About the PMT Program

If you have questions or would like more information about the PMT program, please fill out this form. If you would like to register for a course, please go to MyDCC.

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PMT Program Overview

Program: Precision Machining Technology

Program Length: 2 years

Disciplines Included:

  • CNC Machining
  • Manual Machining
  • 3-D Modeling
  • Basic CAD/CAM
  • Blueprint reading
  • Dimensional Inspection
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Precision Machining Technology
  • Certificate in Metal Processing

Program Requirements:  Read more

Admission Requirements:  Read more

PMT Courses

SDV 100 - College Success Skills
Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credit

CST 100 - Principles of Public Speaking
Applies theory and principles of public address with emphasis on preparation and delivery.

Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

ECO 100 - Elementary Economics
Introduces students to the most basic elements of economics without detailed study of theory. Presents and interprets current issues and concerns publicized in the media. Allows students to understand and grasp the importance of local, state, and national issues with economic themes and overtones.

Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

SAF 130 - Industrial Safety - OSHA 10
Presents an introduction to occupational health and safety and its application in the workplace. Emphasizes safety standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), its rules and regulations (OSHA 10).

Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credit

CAD 120 - Introduction to Graphic Representation
Teaches use of instruments, lettering, sketching, and drawing conventions. Emphasizes legible drawings and the value of presentation. (Credit will not be awarded for both CAD 120 and DRF 120.)

Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

DRF 160 - Machine Blueprint Reading
Introduces interpreting of various blueprints and working drawings. Applies basic principles and techniques such as visualization of an object, orthographic projection, technical sketching and drafting terminology. Requires outside preparation.

Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

ENG 131 - Technical Report Writing I
Offers a review of organizational skills including paragraph writing and basic forms of technical communications, various forms of business correspondence, and basic procedures for research writing. Includes instruction and practice in oral communication skills.

Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

MTH 103 - Applied Technical Mathematics I
Presents a review of arithmetic, elements of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Directs applications to specialty areas. Prerequisites: Competency in Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent. Part I  of II.

Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

MTH 104 - Applied Technical Mathematics II
Presents a review of arithmetic, elements of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Directs applications to specialty areas. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 103 and one unit of high school mathematics or equivalent. Part II of II.

Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

ITE 116 - Survey of Computer Software Applications
Review current business software applications for microcomputers emphasizing comparison of a variety of software packages. Provides experience with multiple operating system commands, database, spreadsheet, and word processing programs.

Lecture 2 hours per week. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 101 - Machine Shop I
Introduces the machinist to identification, care, and use of precision tools and instruments. Emphasizes the operation of the drill press, lathe, power saw, grinder, and milling machine. Covers the sharpening of lathe curing tools, safety, and good housekeeping. Provides for operation and setup on the various types of precision grinders, milling machines, and drill presses. Part I of II.

Lecture 5 hours per week. Laboratory 9 hours per week. Total 14 hours per week.
8 credits

MAC 102 - Machine Shop II
Introduces the machinist to identification, care, and use of precision tools and instruments. Emphasizes the operation of the drill press, lathe, power saw, grinder, and milling machine. Covers the sharpening of lathe curing tools, safety, and good housekeeping. Provides for operation and setup on the various types of precision grinders, milling machines, and drill presses. Part II of II.

Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 9 hours week. Total 13 hours per week.
7 credits

MAC 121 - Numerical Control I
Focuses on numerical control techniques in metal forming and machine processes. Includes theory and practice in lathe and milling machine computer numerical control program writing, setup and operation. Part I of II.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 122 - Numerical Control II
Focuses on numerical control techniques in metal forming and machine processes. Includes theory and practice in lathe and milling machine computer numerical control program writing, setup and operation. Part II of II.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 123 - Computer Numerical Control III
Focuses on numerical control techniques in metal forming and machine processes. Includes theory and practice in lathe and milling machine computer numerical control program writing, setup and operation.

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 127 - Advanced CNC Programming
Provides in-depth study of programming computerized numerical control machines.

Lecture 3 hours per week. 3 credits

MAC 128 - CNC Programming
Teaches programming of computerized numerical control machines. Focuses on CNC machining processes.

Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 134 - CMM Operation and Programming
Focuses on inspection using a Coordinate Measuring Machine. Includes hands-on demonstration of CMM setup, initialization and operation. Covers the essential aspects of the software and CMM operation, using a sample part for hands-on practice.
Prerequisites: Determined by College

Lecture 1 hour per week. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

MAC 150 - Introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing
Introduces computer aided manufacturing (CAM) with emphasis on programming of numerical control machinery. Teaches program writing procedures using proper language and logic and a CAM programming system to produce numerical control code for machines. Teaches basic computer usage, 2 1/2D and 3D CAD-CAM integration, and code-to-machine transfer.

Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 209 - Standards, Measurements and Calculations
Presents typical mathematical and mechanical problems requiring the use of reference standards such as the Machinery’s Handbook for solution. Presents use of the Coordinate Measuring Machine for solution.

Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

MAC 221 - Advanced Machine Tool Operations I
Focuses on advanced lathe and mill work with concentration on fits, finishes, inspection, quality control, and basic heat treating. Includes design and construction of specific projects to determine the student’s operational knowledge of all equipment. Part I of II.

Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 9 hours per week. Total 13 hours per week.
7 credits

MAC 222 - Advanced Machine Tool Operations II
Focuses on advanced lathe and mill work with concentration on fits, finishes, inspection, quality control, and basic heat treating. Includes design and construction of specific projects to determine the student’s operational knowledge of all equipment. Part II of II.

Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 9 hours per week. Total 13 hours per week.
7 credits

MAC 223 - Advanced Machine Tool Operations III
Teaches precision grinding, grinding allowances, and electro- discharge machining.

Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 9 hours per week. Total 13 hours per week.
7 credits

Register For A Course

If you would like to register for a course, please go to MyDCC.

Contacts

Joseph Distad

Joseph Distad

Assistant Professor of Precision Machining Technology
434-797-8486
jdistad@dcc.vccs.edu

Fred Betts

Fred Betts

Career Coach
434-766-6624
fbetts@dcc.vccs.edu

Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell

Assistant Professor of Precision Machining Technology
434-797-8519
jmcdowell@dcc.vccs.edu

Amanda Hylton

Amanda Hylton

Program Administrator
434-766-6607
Amanda.hylton@dcc.vccs.edu

Kevin Poole

Kevin Poole

Associate Professor of Precision Machining Technology
434-797-8580
kpoole@dcc.vccs.edu

Troy M. Simpson

Troy M. Simpson

Director, Advanced Manufacturing/
Associate Professor
434-797-8558
tsimpson@dcc.vccs.edu

Todd Sanders

Todd Sanders

Assistant Professor of Precision Machining Technology
434-797-8530
tsanders@dcc.vccs.edu

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