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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Certificate

Last updated 4/7/2014

Certificate Code 5880

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Adebayo Badmos, 309-796-5280, badmosa@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100


Graduates of the Engineering Technology CNC Certificate program will be equipped to operate in the new technological environment and will have a valuable skill in using CNC that employers need to remain competitive in the global market.

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Certificate
Certificate Code 5880
Course of Study Outline – (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ENGT 101 — Blueprint/Schematic Reading (3)
ENGT 104 — Fundamentals of Machining (2)
ENGT 186 — Introductory CNC (3)
MATH 123 — Technical Algebra/Trigonometry (4)

Second Semester
ENGT 236 — Intermediate CNC (3)
ENGT 286 — Advanced CNC with CAM (3)

Minimum total hours required for a certificate (18)

Courses for this program include: »

ENGT 101 Blueprint/Schematic Reading
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Course focuses on basic interpretation and understanding of architectural, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic, mechanical, and welding drawing/schematics. Studies provide students with basic knowledge to decipher different types of symbols found on prints and schematics. (Class may be broadened to unique and specific fields of study depending on the student preference or career field.)

ENGT 104 Fundamentals of Machining
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will expose engineering technology students to the activities within a machine shop. An overview of the various machines used in a typical manufacturing process will be discussed and demonstrated.

ENGT 186 Introductory CNC
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 104 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This is the first course in a three course sequence in computerized numerical control. The principles, techniques, and elementary applications of CNC will be explored. Some programming and laboratory experience will be obtained. Machine safety issues will be addressed.

ENGT 236 Intermediate CNC
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 186 “C” or better.
This second course in CNC operations will expand to the student programming and operations of the CNC lathe and vertical milling machines. Topics will include programming formats, canned cycles, cutter compensation, and auxiliary machine control functions.

ENGT 286 Advanced CNC with CAM
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 236 “C” or better.
During this third course of CNC operations, the student will be acquainted with computer aided manufacturing programming. The students will define an object, determine the sequence of operations and cutter path, and produce the part.

MATH 123 Technical Algebra/Trigonometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 103 “C” or better or technical math assessment.
Trigonometric functions, vectors, complex numbers, radical equations, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, and related use of graphing calculator.


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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Certificate