Manufacturing Technology Operations Management, AAS

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A graduate of the Manufacturing Technology Operations Management program will be involved in the production and/or maintenance of various types of production dies. The technician may work in a job shop, maintenance shop, or directly on the production floor. Troubleshooting and problem‐solving skills will be a requirement of this position due to the complex nature of the computerized machines used today.

Most graduates will find employment in both large and small manufacturing companies. They may also find work in government and military agencies, service organizations, or research and development. The individual that has an interest in knowing how things work, determining how to repair and improve processes and equipment, as well as an interest in problem‐solving may find manufacturing technology an appropriate career choice. The individual should have an interest in and an aptitude for mathematics.

The student in the Manufacturing Technology Operations Management program will study machine technology, manufacturing AutoCAD, CAD/CAM/CNC programming and operations, super abrasive cutting and grinding, tool and die design, die mechanics, press technology, and applied die construction. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate effective oral communication and written communication skills.
  2. Use computers in solving technical problems.
  3. Demonstrate safe work habits along with care and maintenance of equipment.
  4. Develop mathematical skills in algebra and trigonometry using analytical problem solving methods.
  5. Demonstrate principles of technical physics.
  6. Demonstrate the use of computer aided engineering design using 2D and 3D, drawings, sketching, solid modeling along with a basic understanding of machining processes used in manufacturing.
  7. Apply basic computer numerical control programming and machining elements. Fundamental application of CNC code generated by PC software.
  8. Problem based application dealing with press technology and metal stamping dies. Basic press set‐up and presses used in the manufacturing industry.
  9. Demonstration of correct die and applications needed.
  10. Basic knowledge of course content and applied learning through lab trainers in: Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Program Logic Controllers.
  11. Demonstrate ability in chemistry as it relates to atomic structure, compounds, solutions, acids, bases, salts, solvents, plastics and plating.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of fluid control concepts that are important to die construction.
  13. Industrial skills required for manufacturing based operations in both methods and application of skill sets required to improve efficiency and effectiveness of area business.

Where You Could Go

The career opportunities that exist for graduates of Manufacturing Technology Studies are found in design, development, and implementation of engineering plans. Opportunities also exist for individuals who provide specification, fabrication, installation and monitoring of equipment. Additional areas of employment include plant engineering, manufacturing services, component manufacture, estimating, process control, inspection and testing, sales engineering, supervision of manufacturing processes, and assisting in research and development.

Job Demand

Nearly 100% of NC State graduates in this field are employed. There continues to be a ready market for those with drafting and design skills in our area. The programs are not narrowly focused; this offers greater flexibility in meeting the changing career opportunities in today’s job market.

Program Accreditation

This program is Accredited by the National institute for Metalworking Skills.



Scholarship funds are available for students seeking credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) through a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.

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Year One

Fall and Spring

Year Two

Fall Semester

BUSM 1010 - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

In this course the student is exposed to a broad view of the business enterprise. Special emphasis is placed upon the role and importance of entrepreneurship and small-business management. The student will gain insight into the necessity and mutual interdependence of such key business functions as management, human resources, operations and quality, marketing, accounting, and finance. Additionally, the topics of globalization and economics are introduced. Throughout this course, the student will gain extensive experience in problem solving by means of applying basic business math skills to typical business scenarios.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040, (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score

BUSM 1270 - Quality

Quality improvement is recognized as an essential function in any successful organization. Leading corporations have demonstrated that improved quality raises profits, reduces costs, and provides competitive advantage. This course will explore the foundations of quality, tools and methods for analytic study, and administrative systems for quality management.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

ECON 1010 - Introduction to Economics

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Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

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Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

ENGR 1010 - Introduction to Engineering

This is an introductory course for engineering technology students. Students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of engineering, the problems engineers encounter and the contributions made by engineers in various disciplines. The ethics and responsibilities of the engineer will discussed. Lab experience includes the following PC applications: operating systems and hardware, word processors, spreadsheets, and engineering graphing. An introduction to basic language programming is included at the end. Emphasis will be placed on using a PC to solve engineering problems and produce results. TAG: OES001 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING Semesters available: Day - F, Sp Evening - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2

Spring Semester

ACCT 1010 - Financial Accounting

This is an introductory course of study in financial accounting and financial reporting for business entities. (TAG# OBU010)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4

BUSM 1050 - Management

A study of the principles and practices relating to the successful management of modern business. Topics include planning, organizing, designing, and decision making. Ethics and organizational change are also covered. Cases are used to provide practice in the application of management concepts.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BUSM 1010 or BUSM 1015 or completion of 22 semester credit hours.

CISS 1220 - Microsoft Excel

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Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CISS 1020;

ENGL 2150 - Technical Writing

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Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 1010; Minimum Grade C-

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Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take MATH 0084 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

Total Credit Hours: 59‐61