MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 165

       Course Name: MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing

       Credits: 4 (2 lecture; 4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: MFG 144 or equivalent experience.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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-processor translator. Both 2-D and 3-D tool paths used to make parts using machines with various controllers. Graphic simulation used to prove-out results.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of computer assisted NC Programming.
  2. Write, enter, and debug programs.
  3. Post-process source programs to usable CNC code.
  4. Identify tooling and fixturing problems in NC>CNC machining.
  5. Design or select tooling to solve manufacturing problems.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Class #1 Starting MASTERCAM program, over view of the graphic user interface
2D geometry overview.
Class # 2,3,4   Modifying existing geometry
Modify (trim, break)
Xform functions
Class # 5,6,7 Associativity ; 2d tool path editing
Contour module
Pocket module
Drill module
Class # 8 Midterm exam
Class # 9 Constructing 3D wireframes
Wireframe fundamentals

Construction examples

Class # 10 3D wireframes continued
Additional construction examples
Class # 11 Surface modeling I
Revolved, ruled, loft, and net (coons)
Class # 12 Surface modeling II derived surfaces
Draft and swept
Derived surfaces
Class # 13 3D tool path I
Class # 14 3D tool path II
Class # 15 Final project
Class # 16 Final exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Varies by instructor
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Will be determined by instructor
Attendance required for success.
  • Completion of midterm and final exam.
  • Completion of 2 milling & 2 Turning Projects

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text: MASTERCAM Version X Mill training tutorial

Handouts: Sample programs and lab projects

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Instruction will be in a lecture/lab format with time in class to work on projects and homework assignments. Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course any late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%

Attendance 10%

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.