CNC Machine Operations - NIMS Test Preparation
I. Course Prefix/Number: MFG 141
Course Name: CNC Machine Operations - NIMS Test Preparation
Credits: 4 (2 lecture; 4 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Basic CNC mill, lathe and grinder set-up and operation with hands on experience.
- Tool identification, set-up, use and maintenance.
- Fixture set-up and operation.
- Operator level CNC troubleshooting and maintenance.
- Precision measurement and gauging skills for part quality verification.
- Print reading and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing skills.
- Statistical process control, quality and cycle time optimization.
- CNC program operation with hands on experience.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Basic Measurements
- Print reading (multiview drawings)
- Print reading (sectional drawings and fasteners)
- Precision measurement tools
- Dimensional gauging
- Introduction to geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T)
- Orientation tolerances
- Form tolerances
- Location tolerances
- Machining processes
- Drill operation
- Internal machining processes
- Milling machine operation
- Milling production
- Lathe operation
- Turning production
- Introduction to CNC machining
- CNC mill operation
- CNC program operation
- CNC turning operation
- CNC grinding operation
- CNC machine troubleshooting and maintenance
- Introduction to statistical process control (SPC)
- Control charts
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Texts: Web based
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A 90% -
F Below 60%
Each of the 24 self paced learning modules contains a test that the student must pass in order to move on to the next module. The students’ final grade is determined but the 24 tests taken during the course as well as their performance during the hands-on lab portion of the class.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.