In the ever-changing field of manufacturing, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) refers to both subtractive manufacturing and additive manufacturing. Subtractive and additive methods form the basis for advanced manufacturing practices. The CAM certificate is based on developing machining and programming skills in the following areas: applied mathematics, technical drawing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, CNC milling, CNC turning and solids modeling. In addition, courses develop and reinforce communication and computer-usage skills which are in high demand in the modern work environment.
High school graduate reading and writing skills are expected; development of technical documents, use of technical manuals and interpretation of machine tool codes are required in these courses. Math skills should include practical knowledge of algebra, basic trigonometry and geometry.
Courses in each level (Foundation, Core, and Advanced Track) must be completed prior to advancing to the next level. Where more than one course is offered within the level, courses may be taken in any sequence.
- CNC machine operator/programmer
- CMM programmer
- Engineering assistant
- Manufacturing technician