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Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Oakton offers a wide array of industrial programs that prepare students for jobs in manufacturing or warehouse and distribution. Implementing high tech systems to stay competitive and thrive in the global marketplace, these businesses seek employees with advanced skills. If you're ready to take the next step, Oakton's technology programs will give you the skills you need to advance your career.

CNC Machining

Today almost all production and prototype metal cutting utilize computers to control the positioning of tooling in an automated or computer numeric control (CNC) machining center. Historically divided into two classes, Turning Centers and Milling Centers, these machines are being replaced by multi-axis machining centers that can perform both functions. Oakton offers a number of hands-on classes in CNC machine setup and programming.

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Oakton's hydraulics and pneumatics class trains students who must maintain or set up industrial automation equipment that use fluid power as the motion power source. Learn in a hands-on environment that offers industrial grade equipment. The course provides in-depth study of component specifications, system design parameters, and control system interfacing as well as extensive trouble shooting secessions. Lab projects are built and tested on Amatrol (hydraulic) and Festo (pneumatic) trainers.

PLC Programming

Automated equipment used by companies in the manufacturing, distribution, or warehousing businesses mostly are controlled by PLC (programmable logic controllers). Oakton offers a comprehensive PLC training program using the Allen Bradley SLC-500 line of controllers. All students receive extensive hands-on training in programming ladder logic; designing HMI displays; interfacing valves, switches, and other I/O devices; and debugging ladder and diagnostic programs.

Robotics

Oakton's robotic class is for students who must maintain, program, or install robots or robotic CIM cells. The program covers robot cell safety requirements; types and applications of various end effectors; motion profiles with acceleration and deceleration calculations; PLC interfacing; gripper interfacing; interface and use of vacuum pick up devices; and the use of a vision system for location and orientation.

Academic Program

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IMPORTANT DATES


January 12
Faculty return for spring 2015 semester.

January 16
Winterim classes end.

January 19
Martin Luther King holiday, College closed.

January 20
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

January 21
Winterim faculty grading due.

January 26
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

February 15
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

February 16
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 17
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

Full Academic Calendar