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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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MFG 305 - Computerized Numerical Control Operation

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

2 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 15
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of computerized numerical control (CNC). Students will learn CNC programming, safety, tooling, set ups, and machine operations.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: none

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: none

Common Course Assessment(s): These assessments expectations are standard across sections

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the various stages of CNC history from inception to present
  • Explain the Cartesian coordinate system and its basic function in CNC programming
  • Determine the difference between Incremental programming and absolute programming

Course Objectives:

  • List the various types of file transfer for CNC machines
  • Identify the X and Z axes of a CNC lathe and how they affect a CNC program
  • Produce CNC programs at the G&M code level
  • Produce CNC programs using both incremental programming and absolute programming techniques
  • Produce parts from generated CNC code to blue print specifications
  • Modify programs at code level to resolve issues and incorrect movements.


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