Pellissippi State Community College students have the opportunity beginning this fall to earn a Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate. Pellissippi State is the first Tennessee Board of Regents school to offer a CAM certificate.
CAM uses specialized software to create precise instructions for the machinery used to manufacture parts. It is the manufacturing step after computer-aided design (CAD), which uses computers to create and manipulate a design.
The certificate is available as a stand-alone credential or as a stepping stone toward earning an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing.
CAM career opportunities include machinist, manufacturing technician, engineering assistant and machine operator or programmer positions. The certificate is also an opportunity for continuing education for students who are already employed.
“The certificate is based on developing machining and programming skills in applied mathematics, technical drawing, geometric dimensioning, and solids modeling,” said Pat Riddle, professor and program coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering concentration in Engineering Technology.
“Modern manufacturers require skilled machinists who can oversee operations and program this very sophisticated software to produce highly precise, dimensional components,” Riddle said. “The certificate program will train people who want to enhance their skills or who are interested in learning advanced manufacturing processes.”
The curriculum is determined primarily by the educational and training needs of local businesses. Students who earn the certificate won’t need extensive additional education and training to be productive immediately on the job.
For more information about Engineering Technology and other programs at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.