Computer-Integrated Machining

Close up of gears on a machine
A.A.S./Certificate/Diploma

Computer-Integrated Machining

The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production, resulting in a finished product.

The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production, resulting in a finished product. Hands-on training and coursework typically include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement, and high-speed multi-axis machining.

A-B Tech offers an A.A.S. Degree, Diploma, and Certificate pathway in Computer-Integrated Machining, each building on the other. Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable le energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

Career Opportunities

A.A.S. Degree
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $21.28
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

CNC Machine Tool Programmers
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $20.57/hr
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

CMC Tool Operators
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $18.45
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Diploma
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $18.50/hr
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Certificate
Machinist
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $18.14/hr
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Good to Know

  • Choose your credential:
    • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology A.A.S. Degree,
    • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology Diploma, or
    • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology and CNC Programming Certificate
  • Apply to A-B Tech online by visiting Admissions Overview.
  • Apply for the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program in person at the Bailey Building, Asheville Main Campus.

Long ago, working in manufacturing meant learning one or two specific roles, following orders and never changing procedures, and paying little attention to production and safety procedures.

Today, manufacturers need workers who either have a technical skillset or possess trade-based skills that machines cannot adequately perform. Some of the most sought after skills today include:

  • Mechanical reasoning, logic troubleshooting, and spatial visualization
  • Personal flexibility, interpersonal communication, and cooperation
  • Initiative, persistence, and independence
  • Attention to detail, self-control, and dependability
  • Making independent decisions
  • Operating computers or computerized machinery and using computers for a wide range of critical functions

Kevin S. Kiser, BSME
Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Systems, and Computer Integrated Machining
Phone: 828-398-7342
kevinskiser@abtech.edu