Advanced Manufacturing Technology Degree

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Earn your degree in advanced manufacturing technology

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  • Mechatronics/automation
  • Precision machining
  • Metal fabrication
  • Supply chain management

Prepare for a career in the modern manufacturing world with this AAS degree program, which will teach you how to operate, troubleshoot and maintain high-tech manufacturing equipment. Choose from four specializations in mechatronics/automation, precision machining, metal fabrication and supply chain management.

Learn a variety of skills, including manufacturing and safety, inventory management, demand planning, welding, advanced blueprint reading, manufacturing processes, prints and schematics, properties of materials, industrial electronics maintenance and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are experts in the manufacturing technology field.

At Harper, you’ll get hands-on experience working with and programming state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery. You may be eligible to graduate debt-free and with guaranteed employment through the CNC Precision Machining Apprenticeship.

AAS degree requirements and outcomes

The Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology offers specializations in Mechatronics/Automation, Precision Machining, Metal Fabrication, Supply Chain Management. Students may complete ONE specialization (click to expand):

This 60 credit-hour Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students for the modern manufacturing environment. This program will prepare students for employment with companies that have implemented team-oriented design, production, quality and maintenance systems within the manufacturing environment. American manufacturers are increasingly using high-tech equipment that involves multiple integrated systems. It is critical that these companies be able to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot and maintain this high-tech equipment.

This sequenced degree plan is one of four options that students may pursue to earn the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 102 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

MFT 104 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 108 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 109 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 097 1 3 Mathematics

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ELT 110 4 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Covers basic electrical laws and principles. Presents electrical quantities, units, symbols and notation. Examines foundational electronic materials and components. Presents elementary DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) network analysis, key semiconductor devices, and simple analog and digital circuits. Also covers electrical safety considerations, laboratory instrumentation and test and measurement techniques.

ELT 120 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to the fundamentals of industrial electronics maintenance. Provides an overview of the various technologies encountered in the field as they relate to industrial electronic control of buildings and facilities. This includes basic electrical and electromechanical components and machinery, motors and controls, electrical and electronic interfaces, and electronic controllers. Also covers fluid power and piping systems. Emphasis is placed on safety, installation and preventative maintenance. Use of tools, test instrumentation and the importance of record keeping will be discussed.

ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

MFT 119 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies and expands manufacturing skills and knowledge in the workplace environment. Students will have an on-site supervisor who will assign duties in the workplace. Regularly scheduled face-to-face on-campus sessions will be conducted to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and to review appropriateness of work involvement. Actual permissible duties and activities will be determined based upon the student’s knowledge and skills. The student must complete a minimum of 100 hours at the work site.

Prerequisite: MFT 102, MFT 104, MFT 108 and MFT 109 with grades of C or better.

Technical electives2 5 Program Requirement

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ELT 135 2 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates sensor operation and application for a variety of functions: tactile, photo, fiber-optic, magnetic, thermal, sonic, pressure and vision systems.

ELT 140 2 Program Requirement

Description: Examines the procedures and mechanisms by which programmable logic controller functions are used. Programming in ladder logic and controller code focuses on the direct application of a variety of input and output devices. Hardware, programming, peripherals and accessories are emphasized.

ELT 143 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to advanced wiring topics as they relate to the commercial electrical service. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with commercial alternating current (AC) power are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of low voltage control systems and single and three-phase AC power equipment and systems. Select portions of the National Electric Code are studied.

ELT 145 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to variable frequency drives (VFDs) as they pertain to residential and commercial motor control applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, test and measurement equipment use associated with VFDs and typical applications are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of VFDs.

Social and Behavioral Science+ 6 Social and Behavioral Science

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
Communications4 3 Communications
ELT 144 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to fractional horsepower motors for residential and commercial applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with motors and motor controls are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of direct current (DC) motors and controls, and single three-phase alternating current (AC) motors and controls.

ELT 215 4 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to industrial control systems. Covers fluid power fundamentals, and pneumatic and hydraulic circuit theory. Examines the integration of optics, sensors, and various electronic control systems including programmable logic controller (PLC) and personal computer (PC) controllers. Infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, and laser systems are also examined. Introduces the application and control of automated robotic systems. The course culminates with a capstone team project involving the development, design, construction, presentation and ultimate demonstration of a fully operational automated industrial control system.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ELT 240  S   4 Program Requirement

Description: Emphasizes advanced programmable logic controller (PLC) applications and system integration. An overview of PLCs coupled with safety and industry-best practices are discussed. Sensors, PLC ladder logic and PLC functionality are reviewed and the Human Machine Interface (HMI) is examined. Applications involving pneumatic and servo controlled robotics, 2 and 3 dimensional (2D and 3D) vision systems, and industrial and home automation are explored. Lastly, advanced PLC communications protocol, wireless interface/system considerations and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity are covered.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

Humanities+ 3 Humanities

1 - Students make take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103 or higher.

2 - Select courses not listed as required that have one of the following prefixes: ELT, MFT, MNT, SCM, or WLD.

+ - At least one course from the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

4 - Choose from ENG 103 or SPE 101.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, students should:

  • Be familiar with the types of careers in manufacturing.
  • Recognize and maintain a safe manufacturing workplace.
  • Be able to explain the key elements of a quality system.
  • Identify the major components of the production process.
  • Understand the various processes used in manufacturing.
  • Understand basic measurement in manufacturing and geometric dimensioning and tolerance.
  • Read basic drawings for manufacturing.
  • Identify the key elements of production and production planning.
  • Identify how tools and equipment are used in manufacturing.
  • Explain the purpose of preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Understand the career ladder available for them in manufacturing.
  • Be skilled and knowledgeable in electronic control systems, programmable logic controllers, infrared emitters and detectors, laser systems, and automated robotic systems.
  • Be familiar with and understand how they can personally impact lean manufacturing on the job.

This 60 credit-hour Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students for the modern manufacturing environment. This program will prepare students for employment with companies that have implemented team-oriented design, production, quality and maintenance systems within the manufacturing environment. American manufacturers are increasingly using high-tech equipment that involves multiple integrated systems. It is critical that these companies be able to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot and maintain this high-tech equipment.

This sequenced degree plan is one of four options that students may pursue to earn the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 102 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

MFT 104 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 108 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 109 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 097 1 3 Mathematics

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

MFT 105 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers fundamentals of machine shop theory and safe practices. Provides familiarization with tools, equipment, and practices of tool, die, and precision metal working industries. Includes introduction to mills, drill press, lathes, and surface grinders. Students are provided classroom and laboratory learning experiences. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

MFT 119 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies and expands manufacturing skills and knowledge in the workplace environment. Students will have an on-site supervisor who will assign duties in the workplace. Regularly scheduled face-to-face on-campus sessions will be conducted to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and to review appropriateness of work involvement. Actual permissible duties and activities will be determined based upon the student’s knowledge and skills. The student must complete a minimum of 100 hours at the work site.

Prerequisite: MFT 102, MFT 104, MFT 108 and MFT 109 with grades of C or better.

MFT 120 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced machine shop theory with emphasis on safe practices and applications. Includes lathes, grinders (I.D., O.D. and surface), milling machines and tool grinders. Studies production machining, feed and speed applications and quality control techniques applied to precision machining. Introduces gage blocks, height gages, magnetic sine plate and modern indexable tooling. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: MFT 105 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 123 4 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces setup and operation of CNC machining and turning centers. Teaches CNC machine tool controls through laboratory experiences and the manufacture of pre-programmed parts including part holding techniques, alignment, process planning, tooling for CNC machine tools, and inspection of machined products. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 120 with a grade of C or better.

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
Communications2 3 Communications
MFT 125 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers the principles and operation of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine tools with an emphasis on the set up and operation of lathes. Includes safety, turning, grooving, drilling, boring, threading, cutting tools, and introduction to CNC programming on common industry controls. Students may earn the NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: MFT 123 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 128 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers the principles and operation of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine tools with an emphasis on the set up and operation of vertical and horizontal mills. Includes safety, turning, drilling, boring, threading, cutting tools, to CNC mill programming, practices and setups on common industry controls. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: MFT 123 with a grade of C or better.

Social and Behavioral Science+ 6 Social and Behavioral Science

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
Humanities+ 3 Humanities
MFT 265 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the basic concepts of materials including composition, properties and usage in manufacturing processes. Provides an overview of the properties of materials as modified by heat treatment, welding and machining processes with an emphasis on metals.

Prerequisite: MFT 105 or WLD 110 with a grade of C or better.

Technical electives3 4 Program Requirement
MFT 134 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

2 - Choose from ENG 103 or SPE 101.

+ - At least one of the Humanities or Social and Behavior Science courses must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

3 - Select courses not listed as required that have one of the following prefixes: ELT, MFT, MNT, SCM, or WLD.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, students should:

  • Be familiar with the types of careers in manufacturing.
  • Recognize and maintain a safe manufacturing workplace.
  • Be able to explain the key elements of a quality system.
  • Identify the major components of the production process.
  • Understand the various processes used in manufacturing.
  • Understand basic measurement in manufacturing and geometric dimensioning and tolerance.
  • Read basic drawings for manufacturing.
  • Identify the key elements of production and production planning.
  • Identify how tools and equipment are used in manufacturing.
  • Explain the purpose of preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Understand the career ladder available for them in manufacturing.
  • Be skilled and knowledgeable in CNC and conventional mills, lathes, and turning centers.
  • Be familiar with and understand how they can personally impact lean manufacturing on the job.

This 61 credit-hour Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students for the modern manufacturing environment. This program will prepare students for employment with companies that have implemented team-oriented design, production, quality and maintenance systems within the manufacturing environment. American manufacturers are increasingly using high-tech equipment that involves multiple integrated systems. It is critical that these companies be able to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot and maintain this high-tech equipment.

This sequenced degree plan is one of four options that students may pursue to earn the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 102 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

MFT 104 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 108 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 109 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 097 1 3 Mathematics

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 119 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies and expands manufacturing skills and knowledge in the workplace environment. Students will have an on-site supervisor who will assign duties in the workplace. Regularly scheduled face-to-face on-campus sessions will be conducted to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and to review appropriateness of work involvement. Actual permissible duties and activities will be determined based upon the student’s knowledge and skills. The student must complete a minimum of 100 hours at the work site.

Prerequisite: MFT 102, MFT 104, MFT 108 and MFT 109 with grades of C or better.

MFT 134 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

Social and Behavioral Science+ 6 Social and Behavioral Science
WLD 110 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding theory and practices and beginning electric welding. Includes arc welding and gas welding, brazing and cutting in the horizontal position.

WLD 210 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced welding theory and practice in arc welding. Provides experience in MIG and TIG (Heliarc) techniques. Includes an introduction to strength of weld testing.

Prerequisite: WLD 110 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

WLD 211 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced welding theory and extensive practice in major arc welding process. Provides experience in advanced GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FCAW (flux cored arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) and other arc welding techniques. Plasma arc and air carbon arc cutting will be included.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better, or consent of program coordinator.

WLD 212 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced out-of-position and multi-pass arc welding including GMAW (gas metal arc welding), SMAW (shielded metal arc welding) and GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding). Emphasizes working from blueprints and development of welding skills necessary to pass welder qualification tests. Students must pass guided bend tests to become “certified welders” in accordance with the AWS (American Welding Society) D1.1 Structural Welding Code.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 with a grade of C or better, or consent of program coordinator.

WLD 240 3 Program Requirement

Description: Allows the student an opportunity to gain proficiency in all major industrial arc, oxy-fuel, and mechanical cutting processes-manual, semi-automatic and automatic. Processes include Plasma Arc, Air Carbon Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, Exothermic, and Oxy-Fuel cutting; optical tracers; and CNC controls.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better.

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
WLD 225 2 Program Requirement

Description: Teaches the student to become proficient in reading more complex welding blueprints. The student will learn the symbols specific to welding blueprints. Emphasizes developing the ability to transfer the two-dimensional print to the actual three-dimensional object.

Prerequisite: MFT 134 and WLD 210 with grades of C or better.

WLD 245 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides hands-on experience constructing welding projects employing arc, oxy-acetylene, gas metal arc (mig), gas tungsten arc (tig), or a combination of these welding processes using a welding blueprint as a guide.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 and WLD 240 with grades of C or better.

WLD 250 4 Program Requirement

Description: Prepares the student to construct welding projects employing arc, oxyacetylene, gas metal arc (MIG), gas tungsten arc (TIG), or any combination of these welding processes using a welding blueprint as a guide. Covers advanced fabrication techniques including rolling, forming and bending.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 and WLD 245 with grades of C or better.

Humanities+ 3 Humanities
Communications2 3 Communications

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

+ - At least one of the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science courses must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

2 - Choose from ENG 103 or SPE 101.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, students should:

  • Be familiar with the types of careers in manufacturing.
  • Recognize and maintain a safe manufacturing workplace.
  • Be able to explain the key elements of a quality system.
  • Identify the major components of the production process.
  • Understand the various processes used in manufacturing.
  • Understand basic measurement in manufacturing and geometric dimensioning and tolerance.
  • Read basic drawings for manufacturing.
  • Identify the key elements of production and production planning.
  • Identify how tools and equipment are used in manufacturing.
  • Explain the purpose of preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Understand the career ladder available for them in manufacturing.
  • Be skilled and knowledgeable in arc, oxy-acetylene, mig, and tig welding.
  • Be familiar with and understand how they can personally impact lean manufacturing on the job.

This 60 credit-hour Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students for the modern manufacturing environment. This program will prepare students for employment with companies that have implemented team-oriented design, production, quality and maintenance systems within the manufacturing environment. American manufacturers are increasingly using high-tech equipment that involves multiple integrated systems. It is critical that these companies be able to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot and maintain this high-tech equipment.

This sequenced degree plan is one of four options that students may pursue to earn the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 102 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

MFT 104 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 108 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 109 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 097 1 3 Mathematics

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

SCM 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the end-to-end (E2E) business processes necessary to achieve market and financial value, as well as competitive advantage. SCM is achieved by an organization proactively adopting initiatives to move suppliers and customers into collaborative relationships for mutual gain. Attention is focused on the fundamentals including customer service, fulfillment, demand planning and forecasting, inventory control, procurement, storeroom/warehousing, production control/operations, and physical distribution/logistics. All topics focus on technology, financial trends and career paths within the field.

SCM 122 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an overview of the dynamics of managing inventory within the constantly evolving supply chain environment. Topics include forecasting inventory requirements based upon customer and consumer demand, understanding inventory management as related to production planning, modeling various scenarios based upon demand information, and recognizing the various processes and technology used in inventory management today.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

SCM 126 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction and overview of the demand planning function as part of the broader supply chain. Topics covered include objectives of the function, the benefits of effective demand planning in an organization, the process of forecasting demand, the various types of demand, rules for ordering and optimizing of orders, the concept of economic order quantity and mitigating stock out risks, differences in demand distribution, sales and operations planning (S&OP), MRP and JIT.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Social and Behavioral Science

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
Communications2 3 Communications
Humanities+ 3 Humanities
SCM 120 3 Program Requirement

Description: Describes the development, scope, and objectives of production control. Outlines the coordination of manufacturing resources (money, manpower, materials and machines) and how they apply to this function. Focuses on scheduling, releasing and tracking of production orders and associated schedules, and the reporting of materials and resources used in the production process. Outlines the Enterprise-wide linkages and technology implications as related to overall company and business strategy through CRP, ERP, MRP and MPS activities and related roles.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

SCM 226 3 Program Requirement

Description: Focuses on the advanced concepts of planning, processes and technology to ensure a successful supply chain. Covers systems-based Material Requirements Planning (MRP) as part of the broader Enterprise Requirements Planning (ERP) framework and explores problem solving and complex solutions to supply chain integration needs. Focuses on leveraging systems to reduce inventories, set priorities, initiate orders, initiate purchase requirements, develop master production schedules and optimize the total cost structure within the supply chain. Also explores the concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM) and various elements of LEAN production and processes.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 and SCM 120, or consent of program coordinator.

Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Social and Behavioral Science

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
MFT 119 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies and expands manufacturing skills and knowledge in the workplace environment. Students will have an on-site supervisor who will assign duties in the workplace. Regularly scheduled face-to-face on-campus sessions will be conducted to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and to review appropriateness of work involvement. Actual permissible duties and activities will be determined based upon the student’s knowledge and skills. The student must complete a minimum of 100 hours at the work site.

Prerequisite: MFT 102, MFT 104, MFT 108 and MFT 109 with grades of C or better.

SCM 123 3 Program Requirement

Description: Reviews the framework of the transportation/distribution component of Logistics as part of the broader Supply Chain, and how it is a key component of the strategy and customer service for an organization. Provides an overview of various transportation systems and the impact on costs and service that each system provides. Examines the different types of modes and routings, and the impacts of regulatory and environmental decisions. Reviews the operational aspects of the transportation function, responsibilities for the key job functions associated with transportation, and overall trends within the industry.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

SCM 124 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an overview of the movement of goods within a warehouse environment, including the overall concepts of material handling, warehouse management, and packaging. Covers topics such as warehouse automation, containerization, palletization, conveyor systems, racking, kitting, picking and sorting. Reviews concepts such as the strategic nature of distribution centers versus traditional warehousing, and the overall impact of packaging beyond just product protection. Discusses the overall organizational structure and impact of warehouse operations as part of the broader supply chain.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

SCM 125 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers the overall function of Procurement and its importance within the Supply Chain. Focuses on the strategic role of Procurement within the organization and how it directly contributes to the financial results of the business. Discusses overall roles and responsibilities within the function including preparation for and analysis of supplier bids and quotations, processes for purchase orders and contracting, inventory management and materials planning, supplier relationship management and performance management, total cost of ownership review, business continuity planning, and social and ethical responsibility.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Technical electives3 5 Program Requirement

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

+ - At least one of the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science courses must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

2 - Choose from ENG 103 or SPE 101.

3 - Select courses not listed as required that have one of the following prefixes: ELT, MFT, MNT, SCM or WLD.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, students should:

  • Be familiar with the types of careers in manufacturing.
  • Recognize and maintain a safe manufacturing workplace.
  • Be able to explain the key elements of a quality system.
  • Identify the major components of the production process.
  • Understand the various processes used in manufacturing.
  • Understand basic measurement in manufacturing and geometric dimensioning and tolerance.
  • Read basic drawings for manufacturing.
  • Identify the key elements of production and production planning.
  • Identify how tools and equipment are used in manufacturing.
  • Explain the purpose of preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Understand the career ladder available for them in manufacturing.
  • Be skilled and knowledgeable with planning, inventory control, production control, purchasing, receiving, and distribution.
  • Be familiar with and understand how they can personally impact lean manufacturing on the job.

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Next steps

For more information about the manufacturing technology program at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.