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RTMA / Rock Valley College Precision Machinist Apprenticeship Classes
The following eleven classes comprise the academic
portion of the Precision Machining Apprenticeship. QLT 106 (Metrology) must be taken during
a student's second year of the Apprenticeship. AMT 120 and AMT 121 are each eight week courses, and
are both taken within the first semester of the fourth year.
APT 189 - Introduction to Tool & Die(Back to Top)
Introduction to Tool & Die provides basic information on shop
procedures in the machine industry. You will be introduced to precision machining, tool and die making,
production stamping, mold making, and production molding. Basic measuring instruments, shop math,
and blueprint reading will also be discussed. Credit earned does not count toward certificate or
degree. Recommended for those with a limited background in the machining industry.
APT 190 - Mathematics for Machine Technology I(Back to Top)
Mathematics for Machine Technology I covers whole numbers, fractions,
decimal fractions, powers and roots, and percents. English and metric units of measure used with
precision measuring equipment, and formulas and equations with metal working related subjects.
Related metal working subjects are also covered.
APT 191 - Mathematics for Machine Technology II(Back to Top)
Mathematics for Machine Technology II is a study of shop mathematics,
including the algebraic solutions of formulas and equations, applied geometry, and practical trigonometry
with triangular and compound angle solutions to metal working problems. Related metal working subjects
are also covered. Prerequisite: APT 190
APT 192 - Machine Shop Theory I(Back to Top)
Machine Shop Theory I is designed to give students an understanding of
fundamental machine principles, different types of machine tools, hand tools, dimensional measurements,
materials, and precision tool/die making methods, including related mathematics. Introduces the student
to blueprint reading and drafting practices, which includes: exercises in interpreting lines and view positions
found on prints, use of drafting tools, simple geometric construction, and orthographic construction.
English and Metric measurements with dual dimensioning including related mathematics are also presented.
Prerequisite: APT 191 or Advanced Standing.
APT 193 - Machine Shop Theory II(Back to Top)
Machine Shop Theory II is a continuation of APT 192 with typical shop
problems and their solutions, further understanding of fundamental machine operations, with emphasis on
Numerical Control, both in manufacturing and drafting techniques, Further understanding and application of
English and Metric measurements with their related mathematics. Prerequisite: APT 192.
QLT 106 - Metrology(Back to Top)
Metrology is an introductory course designed to develop dimensional
measurement ability for skilled workers, inspectors, technicians, and personnel entering a technical occupation.
Instruction, for both English and Metric systems, will emphasize basic measurement principles, proper selection,
theory of operation, calibration, measurement analysis, and application through lab exercises.
Instruments and measurement systems presented and applied, where possible range from basic scales, verniers,
micrometers, gage blocks, indicators, comparators and surface plates, to modern pneumatic systems.
Students will be introduced to optical metrology, surface finish measurement, and coordinate measuring machines (CMM).
Students will study modern topics of dimensional metrology, including: Gage R & R, control and calibration systems, variables
versus attributes, and industry standards (MIL-STD, ISO, ANSI, AIAG). Prerequisite: MTH 100 or consent
CDT 108 - Introduction to AutoCAD(Back to Top)
Introduction to AutoCAD is designed for students with a comprehensive
background in current drafting practices. Emphasis is placed on the use of the AutoCAD menu and the
concepts required to create a variety of technical drawings. This course is intended for students
interested specifically in developing AutoCAD skills and not currently pursuing an A.A.S. degree in AMT,
BCT or CDT. Prerequisite: CDT 100 or consent of instructor.
CDT 150 - Interpretation of Industrial Drawings(Back to Top)
Interpretation of Industrial Drawings is designed for students
who are required to know how to interpret industrial drawings, but do not need to master the techniques
of drafting. Emphasis is on drawing interpretation techniques including shape description,
sectioning, auxiliary, dimensioning, and tolerancing techniques, utilizing the ANSI Y14.5 M interpretation
of dual dimensioned drawings, and the conversion of millimeter and inch dimensions and tolerances.
AMT 120 - CNC Machine Setup/Operation(Back to Top)
CNC Machine Setup/Operation is a study of computer numerical control
(CNC) machine tools. The course is designed to provide knowledge on the latest CNC machines, using
turning centers and machining centers in the CIM Laboratory. The course is taught through lecture,
practical problems, demonstrations and student operation of equipment. Prerequisite: CDT 100 or consent
AMT 121 - Fundamentals of CNC Programming(Back to Top)
Fundamentals of CNC Programming is a study of the fundamentals of
computer numerical control programming for machine tool within the manufacturing environment. Emphasis
on application, operation of a CNC program, tooling and machines. You will write programs and verify
them using machine or computer graphics. Prerequisite: AMT 120 or consent of the instructor.
AMT 241 - CNC Programming on Personal Computers
CNC Programming on Personal Computers is designed to develop part
programming skills using software on personal computers. Instruction will be given in
overall operating systems of CNC, process components, editing of part programs, writing of part programs on
microcomputers, and the use of CNC plotters to verify CNC programs. Prerequisite: AMT 121 or consent