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Computer Integrated Machining Department Overview

Integrate and Accelerate
With manufacturing booming, the need for machinists is as great as ever. And graduates from South Central College’s Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) program get hired – with a 93% field placement rate! South Central College’s CIM program includes a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on application. Machining labs feature state-of-the art equipment, featuring equipment by Haas Automation, Inc. and other leading manufactures, assuring you’ll gain hands on experience utilizing today’s technology. Maybe that’s why South Central College CIM students took home medals in 13 different categories in the 2014 Minnesota SkillsUSA competition!

Your instruction at South Central College will begin with the “Right Skills Now” program of the National Association Manufacturers (NAM). This accelerated program, which is automatically embedded into the first semester curriculum for all CIM students, enables you to earn four NAM-endorsed certificates from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) in your initial coursework at South Central College. Then you can earn an additional seven NIMS certificates while pursuing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, which certifies you for the NIMS Machining Level I credential. Also, because the NIMS certificates are nationally recognized and build upon one another, you have the flexibility to obtain each certificate at a time that is right for you and use these credentials to demonstrate your skill level.

The CIM Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Quality Assurance
  • CNC Programming
  • Concept Engineering
  • Applications
  • Machining Computations
  • Applied Welding
  • Lathe Turning
  • Milling
  • Grinding
  • Machine Tool

Core Competencies

  1. Operate industry-specific computer software
  2. Demonstrate computer machining skills
  3. Demonstrate safe machining practices
  4. Produce quality machined parts
  5. Evaulate the quality of machined parts against industry standards

Department Faculty

Bill Block,   Chris DeVries,   Jon Morgan