Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology

About the Program

The Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a study of the process of using machine tools (manual and CNC) to manufacture useful products.

Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology is a two-year program of study designed to lead to an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Proficiency.

The program prepares students to be employed as entry-level precision machinists, general machinists and or machine tool opera-tors. The curriculum prepares individuals to shape metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, and milling machines. Instruction in making computations related to work dimension, testing, feeds, and speeds of machines; using precision and gauges; machining and heat-treating various metals; and laying out machine parts is also included. Also included is instruction in the operation and maintenance of computerized equipment.

Applicants for this Technology Program must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The demand for machine tool technicians and operators is good. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks machine tool technology seventh in the top ten occupational areas on the basis of net life earnings. At present, graduates can enter the machining field with earnings of $20,000 to $25,000 a year and progress based on performance. Jobs are available in South Mississippi and throughout the country.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Introduction to Machining Technology. (3) This course introduces students to band saws, drill presses, metal cutting lathes, and milling machines. The course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of manual metal working machines. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MST1113
Power Machinery I. (5) A course in the operation of power machinery. Includes instruction and practice in the operation of lathes, drill presses and vertical mills. Two lecture and six lab hours per week.MST1115
Power Machinery II. (5) Prerequisite: MST 1115 A continuation of Power Machinery I with emphasis on more advanced applications of lathes, mills and precision grinders. Two lecture and six lab hours per week.MST1125
Machine Tool Mathematics. (3) An applied mathematics course designed for machinists. Includes instruction and practice in algebraic and trigonometric operations essential for successful machining. Two hours lecture and two hours per week.MST1313
Blueprint Reading. (3) A course in blueprint reading designed for machinists. Includes instruction and practice in reading and applying industrial blueprints. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week.MST1413
Advanced Blueprint Reading. (3) Prerequisite: MST 1413 A continuation of Blueprint Reading with emphasis on advanced feature of technical prints. Includes instruction on the identification of various projections and views and on different assembly components. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MST1423
Precision Layout. (3) An introduction to the concepts and practice of precision layout for machining operations. Includes instruction and practice in the use of layout instruments. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MST1613
Power Machinery III. (5) Prerequisite: MST 1125 A continuation of the Power Machinery II course with emphasis on advanced applications of the engine lathe, milling and grinding machine. Two lecture and six lab hours per week.MST2135
Power Machinery IV. (4) Prerequisite: MST 2135 A continuation of Power Machinery III with emphasis on highly advanced operations on the radial arm drill, milling machine, engine lathe and precision grinder. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.MST2144
Computer Numerical Control Operations I. (4) An introduction to the application of computer numerical control (CNC) and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) techniques and practices. Includes instruction and practice related to the use of the Cartesian coordinate system, programming codes and command and tooling requirements for CNC/CAM machines. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.MST2714
Computer Numerical Control Operations II. (5) Prerequisite: MST 2714 A continuation of Computer Numerical Control Operations I. Includes instruction in writing and editing CNC programs, machine setup and operation and use of CAM equipment to program and operate CNC machines (CNC lathes, CNC mills, CNC machine centers and wire EDM). Two lecture and six lab hours per week.MST2725
Metallurgy. (3) An introduction to the concepts of metallurgy. Includes instruction and practice in metal identification, heat treatment and hardness testing. One lecture and four lab hours per week.MST2813
Special Project in Machining Technology. (1-3) Prerequisite: Minimum of twelve scheduled Machining Technology related courses A course designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other Machine Tool Operation/Machine Shop courses. The instructor works closely with the student to insure that the selection of a project will enhance the student?s learning experience. One to three lecture hours and two to six lab hours per week.MST291(1-3)
Supervised Work Experience in Machine Tool Technology. (1-6) Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and completion of at least one semester of advanced course work in Machine Tool Technology This course is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours. Three to eighteen hours internship.MST292(1-6)