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Computer Aided Manufacturing

The world of manufacturing is seeking professionals who can help them produce products that are higher in quality and lower in cost. You can be a part of this fast-growing field with the Computer Aided Manufacturing program.

Students can gain valuable hands-on experience through the school's co-op program while achieving college credit for practical work experience.

What are the objectives of the Computer Aided Manufacturing program at Sinclair?

The Computer Aided Manufacturing program provides current and essential hands-on skills with knowledge in the area of Computer Aided Manufacturing. The curriculum provides leading edge technology in the focus areas of machining, tool design, jig and fixture design and CNC programming and applications. This leads students to careers and/or enrollment in a four-year manufacturing technology program. We are also a Haas Technical Education Center.

Laboratories and equipment used in this program rank among the best in the region.

Over four million dollars worth of state-of-the-art machining equipment includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining centers, CNC lathes, manual lathes, manual milling machines, surface grinders, drill presses, welding equipment and electrical discharge machines. Many of our manual milling machines are equipped with Prototrak 2 axis CNC controls.

Daily tours of the laboratories in the SME Division are conducted by our technicians from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NEW Flex-paced, Hybrid Courses in Machining

FlexPace courses in Computer Aided Manufacturing are available! Complete many of your required courses at a flexible pace that works with your schedule, or opt to accelerate and complete in fewer weeks. Sinclair FlexPace courses in machining are offered online, with flexible hands-on labs! Check out the available FlexPace courses here.



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Associate of Applied Science
Computer Aided Manufacturing/CNC Technology

Course work includes CNC applications and programming, tool and manufacturing processes, computers in engineering technology, and quality control. Facilities and equipment rank among the best in the nation, with more than four million dollars in CNC and conventional machining equipment for laboratory use by students.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

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Computer Aided Manufacturing/Precision Machining

Graduates of the Project STEP II certificate program are candidates for completion of this two-year associate degree option in Computer Aided Manufacturing. More in-depth focus is given to enhancing communication and mathematical skills. A greater development of knowledge in industrial courses is also emphasized, including such areas as tool design, computer numerical control, jig and fixture design, process engineering and basic statistics.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

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One-year Technical Certificate
Computer Aided Manufacturing/Project STEP II

A nine-month intensive training program offered by Sinclair Community College in cooperation with the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, the Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate completion prepares a graduate for employment in the machining industry as well as career advancement. To enroll for the certificate beginning in August and finishing in May, a student must meet with and be approved by the STEP II program coordinator. The student who is accepted into the program will receive 25-30 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction per week as well as producing for personal-use tools valued at approximately $1,500. A co-op option is provided for those students who wish to work during their second semester.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Computer Aided Manufacturing Basic Machining Skills

This short term certificate (STC) is designed to enhance the machining skills of students who have taken machining courses in high school or to allow individuals with little or no experience in machining to quickly obtain a certificate which may in turn qualify them for an entry level position in a machining company. Course work is focused on introductory levels of manual machining and basic operation of CNC machines. This STC is the first half of the Computer Numerical Control Technology short term certificate and will provide students with a milestone of completion and the ability to continue their education up to and including a two year Associate of Applied Science degree in CNC operations.

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Computer Aided Manufacturing Precision Machining

This certificate is designed to provide basic precision machining skills to workers entering the field of manual machining. It is the first half of the STEP II Certificate and is provided for students who are wishing to enter the workforce with the minimum skill level required to become an effective machinist. All courses in this short term certificate will lead to an AAS degree in Computer Aided Manufacturing Precision Machining Option. Course work focuses on basic machining skills necessary to operate manual lathes, mills and grinders.

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Computer Numerical Control Technology

The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology short-term certificate program is designed for individuals who are looking to upgrade their current manufacturing skills along with students who are interested in pursuing entry-level careers in the area of CNC machining. Coursework is focused primarily in the area of CNC lathe and mill operation, setup and programming. The courses included in this short-term certificate apply directly to the associate degree in Computer Aided Manufacturing, CNC Technology option.

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