Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and other industrial machinery are a vital component of manufacturing plant floors. So, what happens when one or more of these machines breaks down on the plant floor and that downtime means money spent for dead time? It is one thing to know how to operate and program a production machine like a CNC but altogether different an effort in maintaining and repairing one. To maintain and repair any industrial machine like a CNC one has to have a working knowledge of troubleshooting electrical, mechanical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and programmable control systems (PLC) that make it possible for these machines to run. There are many steps that can be taken for optimal machine maintenance…but chief amongst them is having the right people with these above mentioned skills to maintain and repair these machines.
- Maintenance Technician
- Facilities Technician
- Building Operator
- Machine Maintenance Technician
- Machine Installer
- Machine Design & Building
Students successfully completing the Electro-Mechanical Technologies Degree Program will have the following skills:
- Mathematic skills necessary to solve manufacturing problems through the understanding of fractions and decimals, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, linear equations, roots, geometric figures, usage of tolerances, interpretation and usage of formulas and proportions, and practical applications of geometry and trigonometry.
- Understanding of machine tools and machine tool operations such as milling, turning, drilling, cutting, grinding, and chamfering.
- Advanced CNC machine operations skills including offsets, work offsets, G-code programming, machine zeroing, and circular interpolation, set-up, tool selection, material selection, and operator maintenance.
- Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and CAM-Mill skills in processes such as contouring, cycle time estimating, tool selection, material specification, cutter compensation, parameter changes, contour applications, roughing, finishing, and tool paths.
- Understanding of AC/DC Electrical Theory and how it applies to CNC Machine diagnostics.
- Ability to interpret electrical control diagram, prints, and logic.
- Ability to understand electrical controls and programmable controllers.
- Understanding of motors including drive motors and drive systems.
- Troubleshooting skills for programmable controllers, motor drive units, and electrical controls.