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Maryland CTE Program of Study

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

This program prepares students for a beginning career in manufacturing and machine technologies and aligns to the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I Credentials. Students will progress through a program that includes hands-on education in precision machining while developing competency in process control, manual operations, process adjustment, part inspection as well as demonstrate usage of machine safety. School systems looking to implement MET-NIMS CTE program of study must complete the NIMS accreditation process. This includes the identification of four credentialing areas – two required by NIMS and two selected by the school system.

CTE Course Sequence

Principles of Competitive Manufacturing

This course is designed to prepare students for the required initial NIMS certification in: Measurement, Materials and Safety and Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and professional standards of the machining industry, including safety, precision measurement, milling, grinding, industry equipment as well as the vocabulary and terminology of the profession.

Machining Operations

This course is designed to prepare students for two credentialing areas in the Machining Operations pathway (Manual Milling,Turning Operations Between Centers, Turning with Chucking,Grinding, and Drilling Operations). Students increase the knowledge and skills they gained in the Principles of Competitive Manufacturing by performing basic process planning, set-up, and operation of common classes of machine tools such as turning, milling, drilling, or surface grinding machines.

CNC Programming and Operations

This course is designed to prepare students for two credentialing areas in the CNC Programming and Operations pathway ( CNC Turning Operations, CNC Turning: Programming Set-up & Operations, CNC Milling Operations, or CNC Milling: Programming Set-up & Operations). Students increase the knowledge and skills they gained in the Principles of Competitive Manufacturing by performing CNC turning and milling functions including programming and set-up operations.

Manual Machining/CNC Programming and Operations

This course is designed to prepare students for one credentialing area in the Machining Operations pathway (Manual Milling,Turning Operations Between Centers, Turning with Chucking,Grinding, and Drilling Operations) AND one credentialing area in the CNC Programming and Operations pathway ( CNC Turning Operations, CNC Turning: Programming Set-up & Operations, CNC Milling Operations, or CNC Milling: Programming Set-up & Operations).

The Competitive Manufacturing Enterprise

This course is being phased out and replaced with Principles of Competitive Manufacturing. In this course, students are introduced to the core business functions, advanced technologies, and full range of career opportunities in various sub-sectors of the manufacturing industry. Through practical hands-on experiences, students will understand how manufacturing has significantly been transformed to an increasingly more technology-driven, lean, competitive, and innovation-oriented environment.

Process Design and Development

This course is being phased out. In this pathway course, students are re-introduced to key concepts and skills from the first course and further build their knowledge and understanding of entry-level industry-wide processes, technologies and lean manufacturing. . They work in specialized and cross-functional team to design, produce, manage and improve products, processes and quality.

Lean Practices and Tools

This course is being phased out. Students will demonstrate understanding of the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses by participating in two experiences: (1) a minimum of three Skills Application Events (kaizen events), and (2) an Internship/Guided Research Project that will be described in a work-based learning agreement.

Integrated Manufacturing

This course is being phased out. Working in project-based teams, students will use computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software for the conceptual, prototype, and final design of discrete parts for fabrication in a technical environment. Students will create 2D and 3D products, and generate machine codes for subsequent machining and/or product fabrication. Students will gain hands-on experience with complementary computer-aided engineering tools for product and engineering analysis to meet desired specifications.

Applied Production Systems (Capstone Pathway Course)

This course is being phased out. This pathway course enables students to bridge entry-level and advanced manufacturing knowledge and skills through (1) individual and cross-functional team projects and (2) student work-based experiences that are rotated through each aspect of the industry. Students

Additional Program Advantages

Student Organization

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Technical Skill Assessment

NIMS Certified Machinist

NIMS