Computer-Integrated Machining

The Gene Haas Computer-Integrated Machining Institute

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[A50210] Associate in Applied Science Degree
[D50210] Diploma
[C50210TM] CNC Programming Turning & Milling Certificate
[C50210CM] CNC Milling Certificate
[C50201LA] CNC Turning Certificate
[C50210AM] Adv. Machining Certificate

The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.

Course work may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement and high-speed multi-axis machining.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

Click here for a list of Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences courses approved for this program.


Upon successful completion of the Computer-Integrated Machining program, the student should be able to:

  • Properly use precision measuring tools.
  • Show proficiency in print reading principles.
  • Setup and operate manual machine tools.
  • Use CNC turning and milling machines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in CAD/CAM applications.
  • Illustrate Tool & Die, Mold Making principles.


The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. To effectively train Computer-Integrated Machining professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Computer-Integrated Machining program. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment. For example, making a good decision about the best financial report to produce based on user needs.
  2. Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers and clients, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for an office environment. For example, the ability to interact effectively with other members on a team project.
  3. Communication Skills: speak English, write English, listen and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand
  4. Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for an office or classroom setting is needed. For example, mobile enough to sit and stand repeatedly in an office setting.
  5. Motor Skills: be able to sit for extended periods of time and manual dexterity. For
  6. example, as needed for computer work/keyboarding.
  7. Hearing: hearing ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  8. For example, being able to hear and respond to an instructor or other students in a classroom.
  9. Visual: visual ability to see with normal or corrected vision, tolerate working indoors in artificial light and the glare of computer screens. For example, the ability to look at a computer screen for long periods of time.
  10. Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, possessing finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate computer and other office equipment.
  11. Weight-Bearing: none.
  12. Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long­ term memory skills. For example, the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in a previous week of a semester.
  13. Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, being able to wire three­ way and four-way switches.
  14. Information Ordering: information ordering ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). For example, designing the electrical system of a building.
  15. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  16. Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. Example is using a wrench.
  17. Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Example is scheduled preventive maintenance.
  18. Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Example is examining and finding the cause of the problem.
  19. Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Example is to determine the necessary steps to solving the problem.
  20. Equipment Selection: Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  21. Example is when do you use a screw driver and when do you use a hammer.
  22. Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Example is observing the operation of a machine during a normal operation.
  23. Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Example is reading a technical manual.
  24. Reaction Time: The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. Example is to be able to watch and monitor the working of a proximity switch in a PLC.
  25. Control Precision: The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. Example is being able to align a shift to where it needs to be at the start of an operation.
  26. Manual Dexterity: The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. Example is to be able to rebuild a solenoid valve.
  27. Arm-Hand Steadiness: The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. Example is the ability to change bearings in a piece equipment.
  28. Finger Dexterity: The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. Example is to be able to start a nut on a screw.
  29. Near Vision: The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  30. Example is watching the Input/Output numbers on a PLC.
  31. Hearing Sensitivity: The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. Example is to be able to listen to a motor and determine if it is running properly.
  32. Multi-Limb Coordination: The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. Example is the ability to change out a motor that has been determined to be bad.
  33. Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Example is to be able to determine is a problem is present in an operation of a machine.

Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.


Randolph Community College’s Computer-Integrated Machining program has been designated a Haas Technical Education Center by Haas Automation. Randolph Community College is one of about 1,100 schools nationwide to be awarded this designation. To qualify, a school must meet quality standards established by Haas and the HTEC Council. Haas Automation is the largest Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool builder in the world. This allows our students the opportunity to learn the latest CNC programming applications on Haas machines. This is the same type of programming and equipment students will be exposed to when they go to work in the machining industry.


Randolph Community College's Computer-Integrated Machining program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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