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Machining (CAM)

Earn your Associate of Applied Science in computer aided manufacturing (CAM) at Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$60,000

topics Technology

Skills & InterestFiguring Things Out

CareersTechnology

Why choose program or class?

Before anything gets built, someone has to develop plans for how to do it and have the skills to finish the job. Chemeketa can prepare you for a career in Computer-Aided Manufacturing with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

What will you learn?

As a student, you will learn to use computers as tools in machine tool control, inspection (a coordinate measuring machine) and industrial mechanical design.

What will you do?

After completing the Associate of Applied Science degree, you will be able to –

  • Use effective communication skills as a team member
  • Program CNC machine tools at the machine control level
  • Perform advanced set-ups and operations using manual and/or computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment to produce accurately sized parts
  • Create parametric solid models and generate CNC code through CAM software to manufacture parts on CNC machine tools
  • Design and build fixtures and tooling for manufacture production purposes to meet customer specifications
  • Determine optimal production process planning to meet customer requirements
  • Select and optimize available machines and equipment to meet product process requirements
  • Calculate power requirements, select drive and system components, and design criteria for mechanical systems

Those skills can pave the way for high-wage employment in engineering, machining, mechanical design or as a CNC equipment programmer or laboratory technician.

Program Options

  • CAM FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE

    Learn the fundamentals of advanced machining while completing an internship at a local manufacturing company.

    The CAM Fundamentals Certificate offers training in the knowledge and skills used by employees in manufacturing and related occupations. The certificate includes courses in manufacturing materials, interpretation of engineering drawings, measuring practices, layout work, and basic set-up and operation of computer controlled mills and lathes. This certificate may qualify graduates for an entry position in a variety of manufacturing-related jobs.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

  • CNC OPERATOR CERTIFICATE

    The CNC Operator Certificate emphasizes the setup and operation of computer-controlled machines. The certificate includes courses in manual programming (“G code”) for both mills and lathes. You may qualify to work as a CNC machine tool operator or in a variety of manufacturing-related jobs.

    After you complete this certificate, you will be able to –

    • Use effective communication skills as a team member
    • Apply basic and precision industry standard measurement practices
    • Set up and operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tools and program CNC machine tools at the machine control level to produce accurately sized parts
    • Apply cutting speeds and feeds to materials used in machining and manufacturing

    See Course Sequences for more information.

  • Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Associate of Applied Science

    The Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Associate of Applied Science program offers training in using computers as tools in engineering, drafting, machine tool inspection and industrial mechanical design. Graduates use computers on the job for drafting, design and programming, and operating Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

Learn more about Chemeketa's Machining program.