Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Computer Integrated Manufacturing


CIM program stands for “Computer
Integrated Manufacturing.” It’s an associate’s degree program. It’s sixty,
about sixty-four credit hours. The idea is that we try and cater to students
that, generally, are working. Some of them are full-time students, but we have a lot
of what they call “non-traditional” students, so these are people that are
maybe either working full-time or part-time, and they want to expand their
careers. They want to do new and interesting things. Manufacturing is, it’s
critical to our economy. It’s a, it’s a huge part of the American economy, and
there’s a, there’s a notion out there that all manufacturing has moved
overseas or that it’s all been automated, and that’s just not entirely true. In
fact, a lot of manufacturing is coming back to these shores, and employers are
really frantically looking for qualified people. It’s a good introduction to the field, to the industry. I had never experienced anything like it
before I came here, and it was just really cool to come in and be taught and to learn
all the different things that come with the job of being a machinist. They can work in a variety of different
areas. They can, they can work in design, they can work in manufacturing, they can
work in quality control. We’ve had students that have gone to work in some
technical sales fields, so it is a kind of a broad associate’s degree
program that gives them a lot of exposure to a lot of components of
the industry. I get to work with my hands, and it’s pretty, um, it’s pretty
satisfying to make stuff, like, I can, look here. This is a part, you know,
we make things that are useful. You can use these things that we make, and I think that’s pretty cool. Our students are working with
state-of-the-art things. They are, they are working with software that’s
absolutely current and in high demand. They’re working with, with robots. They’re
working with computer-controlled machines. They come in, and they don’t
necessarily know much, or if anything, about these technologies, and by the time
they’re done, they’re confident and ready to, to work with and on these
machines. We have excellent lab facilities, we have
qualified staff, both our full-time faculty and also our adjunct. Our adjunct
people work in industry, so they bring a lot of current, relevant information to
the students. It’s just difficult to get more bang for your buck. They
enjoy the technical aspect of it. They get to problem-solve, and you can see a
lot of satisfaction when somebody comes into a class, they know very little about
it, they’re given a challenge and by the end of the semester, they feel confident.
They’ve learned a lot, they, they know something that’s very tangible, and that
they have skills that, uh, maybe they didn’t know that they could master.

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