Manufacturing Technology

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[A50320CM] Manufacturing Technology - Machining
[A50320MT] Manufacturing Technology - Mechatronics
[C50320] Manufacturing Technology

This curriculum is designed to prepare students through the study and application of the principles for developing, implementing and improving integrated systems involving people, materials, equipment and information as leaders in an industrial or manufacturing setting.

Course work includes mathematics, systems analysis, leadership and management skills, quality and productivity improvement methods, cost analysis, facilities planning, manufacturing materials and processes, and computerized production methods.

More specifically, a course of study that prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to identify and resolve production problems in the manufacture of products. Includes instruction in machine operations and CNC principles, production line operations, instrumentation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and other computerized production techniques, manufacturing planning, quality control, quality assurance and informational infrastructure.

Graduates should qualify for employment as a manufacturing technician, quality assurance technician, CAD/CAM technician, team leader, or research and development technician.

This program is offered as a part of the Apprenticeship Randolph initiative with area high schools and local manufacturing industries. For more information about Apprenticeship Randolph, please visit Apprenticeship Randolph.




The Manufacturing Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students through the study and application of the principles for developing, implementing and improving integrated system involving people, materials, equipment and information as leaders in an industrial or manufacturing setting. To effectively train Manufacturing Technology professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Manufacturing Technology program. The essential functions include:

  1. Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. Example is using a wrench.
  2. Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Example is scheduled preventive maintenance.
  3. Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Example is examining and finding the cause of the problem.
  4. 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.
  5. Equipment Selection: Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Example is when do you use a screw driver and when do you use a hammer.
  6. 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.
  7. Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Example is reading a technical manual.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Near Vision: The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Example is watching the Input/Output numbers on a PLC.
  14. 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.
  15. Information Ordering: The 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). Example is reading a set of blueprints.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.