Machining Technology at HCC

Francis Nguyen I have worked for manufacturing companies as an IT support in the past and always been interested to know about the process in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size. Getting in the shop, working with the material, and try to meet that standard, it gives me the whole new appreciation and experience of what I am making. Learning by doing it is the most essential experience because it integrates theoretical what I learn from the classroom with the practical how it is done.

To become a good machinist, you need to have a good process plan which can be defined simply as a strategy of steps needed to perform a machining operation or operations. Process plans establish the steps needed to answer these questions: What machine or machines will make the part? What tools will be used in those machines to make the part? How fast will those tools and machines operate to make the part? Also you need to have good technical skills which are those can be learned and improved with practice. Many are the "hands-on" abilities that you need to have in order to become a good machinist.

Every career requires certain skills for success, and careers in the machining field are no different.

Here are some of the CNC turned parts that I have done in the shop:

Company culture is also very important because you are more likely to enjoy work when their needs and values are consistent with you. If you work for someone who recognize and appreciate your hard work or somewhere where the culture is a good fit, you'll tend to develop better relationships with others and be more productive and successful.

Today, the manufacturing industry continues to grow, and the field is in need of skilled workers who are trained and knowledgeable in their trade. Many of the products made by CNC machinists are things we use today. The career of CNC machining is challenging, but that is part of the excitement. Every day of your hard work brings tangible results. You must know how to operate the machinery and read blueprints. Operating large lathe and milling machines and other tools safely are crucial. Accuracy and efficiency are key components of the CNC machining as well.



Houston Community College
Houston, Texas
Associate of Applied Science in Machining Technology in December 2020