Subtractive manufacturing and additive manufacturing methods form the basis for advanced manufacturing practices. The Advanced Manufacturing curriculum is based on developing machining and programming skills in the following areas: applied mathematics, technical drawing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, CNC milling, CNC turning and solids modeling. In addition, courses develop and reinforce communication and computer-usage skills which are in high demand in the modern work environment.
High school graduate reading and writing skills are expected; development of technical documents, use of technical manuals and interpretation of machine tool codes are required in these courses. Math skills should include practical knowledge of algebra, basic trigonometry and geometry.