The Electro-Mechanical Technologies Degree at Lakes Region Community College consists of 11 core courses. Three of the core courses are part of the Advanced Manufacturing Degree and four of the core courses are part of the Electrical Power and Controls Technologies Degree. Successful students should have the necessary skills to enter the manufacturing work force, or excel in current employment, into machine technician positions. Students will have an understanding of electrical and mechanical theory and principals. Students will have acquired shills in troubleshooting electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems. Students will also have acquired skills in Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine operations, electrical controls programmable controllers, principles of electrical motors, critical thinking skills, oral and technical communication skills.
Students who complete the program will
- demonstrate mathematic skills necessary to solve manufacturing problems through the understanding of fractions and decimals, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, linear equations, roots, geometric figures, usage of tolerances, interpretation and usage of formulas and proportions, and practical applications of geometry and trigonometry.
- understand machine tools and machine tool operations such as milling, turning, drilling, cutting, grinding, and chamfering.
- demonstrate advanced CNC machine operations skills including offsets, work offsets, G-code programming, machine zeroing, and circular interpolation, set-up, tool selection, material selection, and operator maintenance.
- demonstrate computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and CAM-Mill skills in processes such as contouring, cycle time estimating, tool selection, material specification, cutter compensation, parameter changes, contour applications, roughing, finishing, and tool paths.
- understand AC/DC Electrical Theory and the application to CNC Machine diagnostics.
- interpret electrical control diagram, prints, and logic.
- understand electrical controls and programmable controllers.
- understand motors including drive motors and drive systems.
- troubleshoot skills for programmable controllers, motor drive units, and electrical controls.
- demonstrate an understanding of hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systems’ theories, operation, and troubleshooting.