Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Automated Manufacturing Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automated Precision Machining Technology Computer-Aided Design, Drafting (CADD), MasterCAM and Manufacturing Processes Design Engineering, Precision Machining and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Production Planning and CNC Machine Operation

Students deciding to enter the Automated Manufacturing Technology field will study the paperless manufacturing environment. They will begin to study and use Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology and modeling software, MasterCAM computer-aided manufacturing software and computer-numerical control programming software to design and create projects. Instruction begins with safety and includes: use and care of hand tools, power tools, stationary equipment, principles of design and the design process. Manufacturing methods are initiated with an introduction to CNC machinery and material types, along with their basic applications. Students start with small CNC metalworking projects, which lead to projects that are more complex.

In Grade 10, students are instructed in the fundamentals of good design and utilize 3-D modeling software to create mechanical parts and assemblies. They will demonstrate skills and knowledge in machine safety, measuring tools, speeds and feeds, lathe operation, mill operation, various types of cutting tools and other machine operations. Students are introduced to the basics of MasterCAM, including G-codes, M-codes and conversational programming.

In Grade 11, students study advanced design principles, tolerances and fits. Students receive advanced instruction and training in the use of measuring tools, material types, advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathe operation, advanced CNC mill operation, layout and inspection and troubleshooting CNC code. They will perform school drafting and manufacturing projects for customers as related to the curriculum. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

In Grade 12, students receive instruction and demonstrate skills in more advanced areas of Precision Machining Technology, such as layout and turning irregular shapes, turning eccentric, lap and honing, complex CNC programming, cutter sharpening, specialized vertical mill attachments. They will continue to perform school drafting and manufacturing projects for customers. They will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, interview and have entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam, a performance-based test.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two- or a four-year degree in the areas of manufacturing, mechanical engineering or other related fields. Students can obtain immediate employment as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator or programmer, engineering technician or a computer-aided designer or illustrator.