At the heart of our mechanized world is the advanced machine tool industry requiring skilled technicians to carry out new ideas and plans in the production of all types of manufactured parts.
Machine manufacturing has evolved significantly since the 1950’s when computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines helped the industry achieve greater consistency and standardization. Today’s machinists use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to control, manipulate and manage precision part production. Machine manufacturing has become increasingly valuable, especially in the production of high-precision tools for high-tech manufacturing and large industrial construction.
Due to these advances, it is essential for those entering the field to have a solid foundation in the art and mathematical science of machine manufacturing.
“NCC literally laid the foundation to my career in the machining industry,” David Day, Machine Shop Manager at Kimball Physics and NCC alum. “After leaving the military and working for a year in manufacturing, I enrolled at NCC with no previous experience in the machining industry. After two focused years of study, I graduated with the confidence and passion to realize my new career. The combination of theoretical classroom experience and hands-on lab projects were extremely helpful.”
The Advanced Machine Tool Technology program at NCC differentiates itself from the competition, as it offers advanced skill training in CNC machining using manual programming and methods as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art CAM programs. Traditional machining techniques are complemented by non-traditional techniques including Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM).
To ensure work readiness, the College has invested in latest equipment including Prototrack 1630 CNC Lathe, Haas CNC Mini Mill and Hass CNC SL 10 Lathe. These new machines will supplement the existing line up of Haas, Prototrak and AccuRite machines.
The AMT program at NCC prepares graduates for immediate entry into the workforce as the curriculum was designed with input from industry professionals. The success of the program is evidenced by our recent graduates who have secured careers at Equilibria (Nashua), Deka Research and Development (Manchester), Kimball Physics, Inc. (Wilton) and Hollis Line Machine (Hollis).
NCC’s AMT graduates may be employed as CNC specialists, tool and die makers, technical support technicians, general machinists, and mold makers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for Computer Numerical Control operators will increase by 14.3% between 2006 and 2016.
Nashua Community College offers four program options including an Associate degree or certificate in Advanced Machine Tool Technology, a certificate in Numerical Control Programming and a non-credit Machine Operators certificate.