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Mercer County Community College
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Overview

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare students to move into the workforce in the modern manufacturing environment, and/or to transfer to an institution that offers a bachelor's degree in such studies as mechatronics, advanced manufacturing technology, or mechanical engineering technology.

With American manufacturers becoming increasingly dependent upon the use of high-tech equipment that involves multiple, integrated systems, it is crucial to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain it. Skills learned in this program include operation of a manual lathe, manual milling machine, as well as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

The AMT degree program prepares students for apprentice/entry-level positions in manufacturing facilities and machine shops locally as well as nearly anywhere in the country. Typical tasks include setting up and operating equipment such as engine or turret lathes, milling machines, and power presses. More advanced tasks may involve operating CNC manufacturing equipment as well as PLCs or robots for assembly lines.

AMT graduates are attractive to employers who implement team-oriented design, production, quality, and maintenance systems within the manufacturing environment. Students in this program are also eligible for NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) certifications.

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Pursue NIMS certification
  • Read blueprints and schematics
  • Use instruments such as micrometers, calipers, and scales
  • Set up and operate a milling machine
  • Set up and operate a lathe
  • Set up and operate CNC machines
  • Maintain a safe and organized work space
  • Make certain mathematical calculations related to shop work
  • Populate and repair printed circuit boards

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with one year of algebra or applied mathematics.

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