Manufacturing

Computer Aided Manufacturing

Computer Aided Manufacturing is designed to prepare students as entry-level machinists in many areas, including aerospace, computer industries, job shop, gun smiting, tool and die making, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator, and CNC programmer. Students will study machining processes and procedures using lathes, mills, drill presses, cylindrical grinders, and surface grinders. Students will be prepared to enter the work force as entry level programmers and CAD/CAM technicians. Students will program and operate machining centers and turning centers in the lab. Students will learn the Mastercam programming system, which allows students to design parts on the computer and then manufacture them in the lab.

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Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication

With an emphasis on safety, students will receive hands-on, theoretical, and technical training in rigging, job estimation, blueprint reading, and layout and pattern making. In addition, students will receive extensive lab training in a wide variety of welding processes including S.M.A.W. (stick electrode), G.M.A.W. (wire processes), Pulse M.I.G., T.I.G., and plasma cutting. The focus of the training is to give the students the skills necessary to successfully pass American Welding Society (A.W.S.) certifications. Students will also receive introductory instruction in design and fabrication, thus allowing them to perform repairs and fabricate projects. Students will learn advanced fabrication techniques and will also receive training in various methods of pipe welding with an opportunity to take the A.W.S. certification test. Second year students will be given instruction in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) burn table programming and operation using Auto-CAD and Shop Data Systems software. Entry into second year is by application only. The Helena College Welding Program is proudly affiliated with the American Welding Society through an Institutional Educational Membership. We hold our students to the highest standards set by the American Welding Society.

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Metals Technology

Metals technology is designed to prepare students as entry-level technicians in many areas. Students will study machining processes and procedures, properties of metals, blueprint reading, and inspection techniques. Welding skills are taught using oxyacetylene, manual stick electrode, semiautomatic Mig, Tig (Heliarc), dualshield Mig, and various additional processes. Students may being their instruction in the two-year Metals Technology program, depending upon the space available, in either the machine tool or the welding area.

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Machine Tool Technology

Machine Tool Technology is a two semester program designed to prepare students as entry-level machinists in many areas, including aerospace, computer industries, job shop, gun smithing, tool and die making, Students will study machining processes and procedures using lathes, mills, drill presses, cylindrical grinders, and surface grinders.

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Sheet Metal Apprenticeship

The Certificate of Applied Science (C.A.S.) degree in Sheet Metal Apprenticeship is designed to prepare students as sheet metal workers and meets the educational goals of students who are registered as apprentices and working in the industry or pre-apprentices desiring to enter the workforce in sheet metal technology. This C.A.S. degree will provides graduates with a foundation in the theory and concepts needed to be successful as a sheet metal worker. In addition to a strong technical foundation, students will have received related instruction in communication, human relations, and technical mathematics. The degree prepares a graduate to work as a sheet metal worker in a wide range of organizations in the broader area of construction industries. Students completing this program of study will work in the construction industry fabricating, assembling, installing, and repairing sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes. Traditional course delivery and online-hybrid learning formats are used. The apprenticeship agreement between Montana Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship and Training combines both the on-the-job experience and classroom related training instruction over a period of four years. A minimum of 144 hours of related training per year is included.

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Welding

The Welding Technology program is a two semester program designed to give students the skills and instruction they need to enter the welding industry. With an emphasis on safety, students will receive hands-on, theoretical, and technical training in rigging, blueprint reading, and layout and pattern making. In addition, students will receive extensive lab training in a wide variety of welding processes including S.M.A.W. (stick electrode), G.M.A.W. (wire processes), Pulse M.I.G., T.I.G., and Plasma cutting.

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