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Applied Technology - Advanced Processes

A career with wheels

Feeds, speeds and rapid prototyping

Sound exciting? It should!

Today’s manufacturing industries offer a fast-paced environment where there is never a dull moment. And the same can be said of our Advanced Processes program.

We provide laser-sharp (literally), industry-sanctioned training in computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software and computer numerical control (CNC).

That means CAD-CAM software that can design and produce 3D models and CNC machines that can make cuts accurate to 10,000th of an inch. 

We maintain working relationships with local manufacturers to make sure we get it right so when you complete our program, your skills will be as precise as the tools of your trade!

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Product-driven training

In our hands-on labs, you will manufacture a functional product using all the CNC skills you’ve gained:

  • Grinding
  • Lathe programming
  • Machining
  • Milling
  • Modeling
  • Reverse engineering
  • And, of course: feeds, speeds and rapid prototyping!

And you will learn using the same machines, machine tools, fittings and software that you will work with in real-world manufacturing, including:

  • HAAS Automation (we’re actually one of their Technical Education centers)
  • Belmont
  • Bridgeport
  • Accutex
  • Dimension
  • Faro
  • CimatronE
  • MastercamX
  • Artcam
  • Rapidform
  • Catia
  • Solidworks

For a closer look at the program, consult the College Catalog.

“What sets us apart from the competition is the state-of-the art machinery that we have.” - Gary Walters, Your CNC professor and program advisor

Ready to put pedal to the metal?

Let’s get you started! Contact the Applied Technology Department, 586.445.7438, or the program advisor, Professor Gary Walters, 586.445.7343.

As many jobs as products

In our program, choose to earn a certificate or an associate degree – you can always come back for the latter.

Either way, you will discover the diverse opportunities offered in manufacturing, where the products include everything from artificial limbs to aircraft parts.

Not to mention string guitars, hot rod cars, and cell phones and chargers. 

With the skills and knowledge you gain in this program, you’ll be qualified for CNC programming positions in a variety of industries, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Defense
  • Industrial
  • Medical

And if you need help finding, preparing or applying for a job, Career Services is here to offer an assist, including interview-coaching and resume critiquing.