Course Detail: MFG123 - Fundamentals of CNC Machining Certificate (22SMFG120 in catalog)

The demand for qualified CNC operators is growing quickly in northeast Indiana.

To meet this demand, Purdue University Fort Wayne developed the Fundamentals of CNC Machining Certificate program.

Gain a working knowledge of basic machining practices as well as a knowledge of CNC code that will allow you to write programs and make program edits rather than just loading a part and hitting the start button. Upon completion of this certificate, you will become more versatile and more valuable to a prospective employer and you will obtain a new skill set to build on as you continue to grow in your career.

Prerequisite: Interest in beginning knowledge of conventional machinery. Students must be 18 years or older to attend.

This program is designed for shop owners and industrial workers needing more familiarity with CNC machining, engineers needing a more complete understanding of shop floor practices and calculations, and CNC operators who need a better understanding of the components and execution of a CNC program.

Beginning Machining (5 sessions)
In the first sessions, participants will focus on machine shop safety and discussion will center on proper usage and care of conventional machinery. Participants will learn about the use of measuring tools used in the machine shop, including simple but defining projects using horizontal and vertical bandsaws, manual lathes, mills, drilling, and tapping.

Participants will also practice defining feed and speed, as well as how to arrive at the proper thought process to achieve accurate cutting conditions. Light descriptions of tooling and their uses and chip formation will be covered.

- Metal cutting (sawing horizontal/vertical)
- Manual lathe and mill operation
- Shop measuring practices
- Tool geometry and uses

Introduction to CNC Machining (5 sessions)
Upon learning the fundamentals of a machine shop, participants will learn about tooling, including horizontal/vertical bandsaw, drill press, lathe operation, using the lathe to form threads, and mill operations. Following these manual operations, CNC coordinate systems, tool offsets and functions, and other introductory CNC topics will be covered.

- Metal cutting (horizontal/vertical bandsaw)
- Drill press (speed calculations)
- Milling (speed calculations, climb/conventional milling)
- Lathe operation (speed calculations, tool setting, feed rate, thread cutting)

CNC Machining: Intermediate (5 sessions)
This course will cover more advanced topics of CNC machining using the Purdue University Fort Wayne Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC). Advanced M and G code programming, moving into 4th and 5th axis machining, and an introduction in CAD/CAM systems will be covered followed by hands-on experience in the HTEC center. This segment of the program builds on the topics in the previous sessions and is designed to provide more detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of CNC machining.

- Advanced quadrant systems
- Advanced M and G codes
- Tool offsets
- Intro to 4th and 5th Axis
- 4th and 5th axis machining using lathes and mills

About the Instructors:

Instructor John Mitchell is the Manager of Mechanical Services at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology and over 40 years of experience working in the industry, specifically CNC Installation, Set-up, Maintenance, and Programming.

Instructor, Jason Davis, has a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and years of experience in both mechanical laboratories and manual machine shops.

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