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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Manufacturing Technology

MFG102 - Basic Print Reading and Shop Theory
Course provides general shop training. Content includes study of machine shop theory with focus on reading machine prints and how to use measurement devices. Course meets requirements of classroom related theory for the apprentice machinist, mold maker, tool and die maker, model maker, and inspector. Course contains a module on GD&T symbols and how to interrupt them. Completion of course with minimum grade of C should enable student to interpret prints used in industry.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

MFG110 - Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
Course examines the basic manufacturing processes from product design through production and quality testing. Content includes: design for manufacturing, concurrent design, constraint management, measurement tools, blueprint reading,CNC machine set-up, CNC machine programming (lathe and mill), rapid prototyping, and quality control using geometric dimensioning and tolerancing(GD&T). This is a hands-on, team based, class design to give students an overview of the processes used to design and manufacture complex products. Recommended: Working knowledge of basic electricity and some basic physicsbackground.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

MFG111 - Introduction to Manufacturing Automation Systems
Course introduces students to the basic control systems used to automate manufacturing processes. Content includes: hydraulics and pneumatics used for motion control, PLCs programmable controllers, sensors and vision systems, robotics, and designing a computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) cell. This is ahands-on, team based, class to give students the basic concepts needed to design manufacturing automation systems using both hard automation and robots used in a CIM cell high-end automation system. Prerequisite: MFG 110 or equivalentbackground. Recommended: Working knowledge of basic electricity and some basic physics background.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

MFG130 - TagNet Middleware
Course covers TagNet RFID middleware; specifically on how to install, configure, and implement various use cases found in the supply chain. Topics include an understanding of the capabilities of TagNet and how various use case factors influence read rates and reliability.Prerequisite: ELT 120 or concurrent enrollment in ELT 120.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

MFG135 - Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Controls
Course includes instruction in hydraulic, pneumatic, and control areas, for those who maintain and design fluid power systems. Hands-on operation and troubleshooting of training equipment used to illustrate fluid properties, pressure,and pipe friction. Actual components used include: pumps, reservoirs and accumulators, actuators, control valves, packing and seals, compressors, and electrical controls (including PLCs).
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $50

MFG140 - Introduction to Robotics and Vision Systems
Course presents overview of operation and usage of robots in manufacturing applications. Content includes manipulators, drive systems, controllers, motion, payload, programming, and vision systems. Course work involves hands-on projects.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $50

MFG141 - CNC Machine Operation - NIMS Test Preparation
Course provides instructional and hands on training to prepare students to take the NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) “CNC Operator” certification test. This is a web-based training class which contains 24 self paced learning units as well as a lab component for hands on experience. Topics covered are: computer numerical control (CNC) mill, lathe and grinder set-up and operation, tool identification, set-up and maintenance, fixture set-up and operation, CNC troubleshooting and maintenance, precision measurement and gauging, print reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, machining processes, statistical process control, quality and cycle time optimization, and CNC program operation.Recommended: Computer competency and familiarity with web-based instruction.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 4)
Fee: $50

MFG142 - CNC Setup and Operation
Course provides hands-on training in setup and operation of computer numerical control (CNC) machines, including CNC mill (vertical milling center) and CNC lathe (turning center) for purposes of setting up machines with required tooling and fixturing, operating CNC machines, reading and interpreting CNC programs, using inspection equipment, and troubleshooting various production problems.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 2)
Fee: $50

MFG144 - Introduction to CNC Programming
Course provides hands-on training in G-code programming of computer numerical control (CNC) machines, including CNC mill (vertical machining center) and the CNC lathe (turning center), for purposes of program loading and operating CNC machines, using inspection equipment, and troubleshooting various production problems. Programs are written, developed, simulated, run, and debugged on actual machine tools. Content includes reading, interpreting, and manually creating CNC programs.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 4)
Fee: $50

MFG145 - Advanced CNC Programming
Course is hands-on follow-up to MFG 144 and allows greater depth in design and production of CNC programs. Advanced programs simulated off-line and run on CNC machine tools. Content includes canned cycles, cutter compensation, macro programming, and subroutines. CAM software used for planning and simulation.Prerequisite: MFG 144.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)
Fee: $50

MFG165 - Mastercam Computer Aided Manufacturing
CAD/CAM course for quality control personnel, auditors, and inspectors uses MASTERCAM software to create part geometry and assign tool path to geometry. Topics covered include automatic generation and communication of CNC programs to machine tools in Oakton’s Manufacturing Lab, using post-processortranslator. Both 2-D and 3-D tool paths used to make parts using machines with various controllers. Graphic simulation used to prove-out results. Recommended: MFG 144 or equivalent experience.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 2)
Fee: $50

MFG166 - MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing II
Course continues to build on the foundation completed in MFG 165. Focus is on creating 3D wire frame models, surface modeling, and 2D/3D solids using advanced commands, including special automatic tool path cycles, routines usingpost-processor translator, and graphic simulation for complex CNC machining that requires creating a simultaneous, five-axis tool path. Prerequisite: MFG 165 or consent of instructor.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 4)
Fee: $50

MFG205 - Computed Aided Manufacturing I
Course examines computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. Content includes DOS commands, numbering and inserting of lines, geometric solution, CAD input, post processor, communication of machine tool, and job planning.Prerequisite: CAD 116 or concurrent enrollment in CAD 116.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $50

MFG206 - Computer Aided Manufacturing II
Course examines Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) in which code to drive NC/CNC machines is software generated. Course builds on and adds to material covered in MEC 205. Combination of two courses provides foundation in 2-D geometry and code generation. Prerequisite: MFG 205.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $50

MFG240 - Programmable Controllers (PLC)
Course covers the fundamentals of programmable controllers (PLC) systems. Content includes: control system power distribution wiring; sensors and air valve interfaces; discrete I/O interface circuits; flow charting and state charting of machine sequences; ladder logic programming; machine diagnostic programming. Labs use Allen Bradley’s PLC 500 controllers.. All programs written using RSLogix 500 software. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic electricity.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $50

MFG250 - Advanced PLC/Automation Applications
Course directly follows-up MFG 240. Focus is on use of programmable controllers (PLC’s) for monitoring and diagnostics of manufacturing processes, including data handling and storage and use of video control panels. Content includes HMI programming, using Allen Bradley’s Panel View 600 series displays. Hands-on team projects integrating new technologies with automatic turntables, circuit board testers, robotics, vision systems, and various analog devices. Prerequisite: MFG 240.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $50

MFG290 - Topics in Computer Numerical Control
Course covers variety of different topics during different semesters. Topics selected from current advances in CNC (computer numerical control)- related hardware and software. Typical courses might include: advanced programming techniques; probe techniques; management/purchasing issues or DNC (direct numerical control). Course may be repeated twice. Refer to instructor for details of latest course listings. Prerequisite: Varies depending on specific topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

MFG292 - Topics in Manufacturing
Course explores major issues in the field of manufacturing. Topics selected from subspecialties relating to manufacturing may include: automation; CNC machining; quality; simulation; and data acquisition. Course has different focus and/or scope from other current department courses offered, and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine semester hours ofcredit. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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