Pre-Engineering and Stem Academy

Dual Credit High School Academy

​CVTC has partnered with local high schools to offer students an opportunity to explore engineering and STEM careers in a hand on learning environment. Student will learn the process of building, creating, and manufacturing. This year-long academy gives students a variety of experiences to prepare them for a career in CNC programming, CNC machining, CNC operation, mold making, and quality control inspection. Previous students who have enrolled in this academy have had the opportunity to be employed while in high school by local industry, such as Riverside Engineering, Vincent Tool, Schmit Prototypes, and MRS. Many of these employers offer scholarships for students to continue their education beyond high school.

Students will earn industry credentials and complete one-quarter of their technical diploma (16-18 credits) in CVTC's Machine Tooling Technics program. Courses transfer to UW-Stout Industrial Management and Career and Technical Education Training Programs.

Course TitleCreditsDatesDaysTimes

420-321 Manual Turning Processes

5 creditsFall 2020
T, Th, F12 – 3 p.m.
420-300 Machine Shop Theory1 credit
Fall 2020
M, W12 – 1 p.m.
420-341 Materials for Machinists
2 creditsFall 2020
M, W1 – 3 p.m.
421-385 Blueprint Reading
2 creditsSpring 2021
M, W12 – 2 p.m.
420-373 Precision Measurement1 creditSpring 2021
M, W2 – 3 p.m.
420-322 Manual Milling Processes5 credits
Spring 2021
T, Th, F12 – 3 p.m.

Academy Location: CVTC Manufacturing Education Center (MEC)

Course Description

420-321 Manual Turning Processes

This course is intended to develop the fundamental skill for a career in the machining trade. Fundamental       processes include; Manual Lathe operation, basic set-up, lay-out, measurement, turning processes, and tool   geometry/sharpening. The format for this class is a self-paced lab with a minimum allowable standard established.  This course requires the purchase of tools and measuring equipment required for working in the Machine Tool lab. 

421-385 Blueprint Reading
This course is designed with an emphasis on machine tooling technology related to multiview computer-aided design (CAD-working drawings in 2D & 3D) and manufacturing prints, freehand sketches, and construction layout geometry. Visualization, line usage, working drawings, holes, sections, threads, angles & tapers, and machine details are interpreted from industry standards. Use of the Machinery's Handbook, ASME Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing documents are applied to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) with shop drawings/prints.

420-373 Precision Measurement
This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and various measuring instruments. The student will apply blueprint reading skills and geometric tolerancing to projects made in the machine shop while applying measuring techniques used with the CMM and basic measuring instruments. The student will be exposed to precision inspection methods as it relates to industrial blueprints, manufactured parts, and the student's projects.  

420-322 Manual Milling Processes
This course expands on the fundamental skills of the machine shop by broadening the student's knowledge base with Manual mill operation, basic set-up, layout, measurement, drilling and milling processes along with using a variety of milling cutters. 

420-300 Machine Shop Theory
This machine shop theory course will provide the student with a broad theoretical background covering a variety of topics of importance directly related to the machinist and machine tool operator.

420-341 Materials for Machinists
During this course individuals will learn the terminology relating to the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of materials used for Machine Tooling Technics. Materials covered will be the classification of steel, cast iron, aluminum, copper, and polymers. Lab activities will include hardening, annealing, case hardening, destructive test, non-destructive test, casting, molding, welding, and gluing of materials.

Just the Facts

Fall 2020
16 Credit High School Academy

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Mon - Fri

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12 - 3 p.m.

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CVTC Manufacturing Education Center

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