AWT Apprenticeship Curriculum

Year 1

Semester 1

1000 Basic Shop Safety

Shop Safety can help your organization simplify training administration and document training progress. Our course features engaging content that can easily be customized to include facility-specific information. See for yourself how our online safety training can help simplify your training initiatives. provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture, thus preventing injuries and incidents. The objective of the program is to stop injuries by improving safety observation skills and helping people talk with each other about safety. It teaches employees to recognize safe and unsafe conditions and acts.

There are common hazards associated with the use of machine shop equipment and tools. The Machine Shop Safety program provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and recommended safety policies. This course has 21 modules and covers Basic machine shop safety, Fast Response – CPR, Fire Safety, Safe Lifting, How to treat for Shock, PPE, Eye protection, Blood Borne Pathogens, Treating basic Cuts, HazCom, Machine Guarding.

1100 Basic Blueprint

Basic Blueprint: This course teaches the proper terminology, symbols, and guidelines associated with reading and sketching blueprints, and how these are applied in a manufacturing environment. It focuses on reading as well as interpreting blueprints through the different views of an object, including dimensioning techniques, tolerancing, fraction to decimal conversion, drafting lines using geometric equations, line types, orthographic views, isometric views, offset sections, auxiliary sections, symbols, and broken sections.

1200 Precision Machine Technology I

Machine Tools: This course offers continued emphasis on shop safety and quality measurement devices. It focuses on the metal removal processes on typical equipment found in the machine shop, with emphasis on the drill press, engine lathe, milling machine, and surface grinder. It covers the use of workholding devices, as well as how to properly support and locate workpieces. It also reviews the applications of the Coordinate measuring machine (CMM), the optical comparator, and the electro-discharge machine (EDM). Presents a foundation for study of manufacturing methods, processes, related equipment, and tools of industry, requiring student to understand shop safety practices, job planning, feeds and speeds, layout tools and procedures, hand tools and bench work, metal cutting saws, drilling machines, lathes, milling machines, jig bore and jig grinder, surface grinder, E.D.M, and abrasives. It introduces the metallurgy of steel and iron and the fundamentals of metal cutting operations to produce manufacturing parts. It includes the operation of machinery, terminology, safety, measurement, layouts, print reading, machine set-ups, hand tools, quality measurement devices (e.g. rules, calipers, micrometers), and cutting tools. It highlights the use of typical equipment found in conventional machine shops.

1600 Basic Applied Shop Concept / Math

Basic Math: This course introduces math skills and concepts that are necessary in shop activities, including use of fractions, fraction to decimal conversion, basic shop geometry, and calculating basic angles. Provides skills in layout techniques and operations, including bolt hole circles, location of surfaces related by non-right-angle triangles, and points of tangency. Included are all work necessary to layout drawing by sketching the proper views from an actual part.

Semester 2

2100 Intermediate Blueprint

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2200 Precision Machine Technology II

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2600 Applied Shop Technology / Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics: This course is designed to increase the student’s efficiency in applied shop math skills and concepts that are necessary in shop activities. Emphasis is on the relationship of math required for manufacturing of parts as viewed on blueprint drawings and how the concepts apply to manufacturing in general as well as with Shop Measuring Practices / Quality Control, and Machining Processes.

Year 2

Semester 1

3100 Intermediate Blue Print Reading with Basic Essentials

This course introduces the symbols and concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing as they relate to engineering drawings. This is an interactive course that teaches the student how to read intermediate blueprints through a series of videos that replicate a classroom environment. The student is required to have a textbook so that they can complete blueprints with the help of the instructor.

3600 Intermediate Applied Math

This course is the 3rd in a series and is designed to increase your efficiencies in math skills and concepts that are necessary in shop activities. It explains how to properly use the Pythagorean theory and explains the use of trigonometric functions and their applications. It focuses on solving right triangle trigonometry problems and relates these trig functions to the use of sine bars and gage blocks for use in setting up angles to be machined. Fundamentals of computer application as aid to machining processes. Emphasis on engineering drawing analysis, using trigonometry and other forms of mathematics to determine programming points; ascertaining implied part dimensions; determinations of machining parameters; calculation of speeds; feeds and tool offset

3800 CNC Milling Advanced Manufacturing Procedures

This course introduces the tools and technology involved in computer numeric control (CNC) machining. It explains the principles of the Cartesian coordinate system and how they apply to CNC. It also reviews the use of various metal cutting tools as they relate to CNC programming. This course will cover the process planning involved in creating CNC programs, including safety precautions, proper machine set up and operational skills, creating programs, and controlling part sizes with wear offsets.

Semester 2

4200 Metallurgy

This course introduces the nature and properties of materials. It presents a history of metals-providing background on the origins of various metals and provides an explanation of physical characteristics of metals. Students will study the chemical reactions and thermodynamics related to the production of steel as well as the key processes of iron making from the raw materials through to the final product. It stresses how metals are alloyed and formed to achieve desired mechanical properties-including comparisons between various forming processes including casting, forging, extrusion, and rolling.

4600 Advanced Applied Math

This course is the 4th in a series and is designed to increase your efficiencies in math skills and concepts that are necessary in shop activities. It includes more complex applications, such as the use of the law of sines and the law of cosines.

4900 GD&T / Quality Control / SPC / Inspection

This course focuses on how to interpret and apply the concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to engineering drawings. Topics covered include fundamentals of symbols, terms used in application, positional tolerance applications, data frame and conversion tables. The course introduces the area of quality control of mechanical parts in the industry. You will learn the skills necessary to properly inspect parts by using the skills you have obtained through blueprint reading of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, as well as inspection tools and equipment. You will learn why these skills are necessary in the industry and how to properly apply them on the job. This course familiarizes students with the applications of statistics in process and quality control function. Upon completion, the student will be able to verify part dimensions, location, and orientation of finished products and parts.

Year 3

Semester 1

5600 Advanced Applied Math

This course is the 5th course in an applied shop math series and it is designed to increase the student’s efficiencies in math skills and concepts that are necessary in shop activities. This course uses actual problems that were encountered in the precision machine shop that were required to be solved in order to effectively machine a part.

5700 Manufacturing Technology II

Advanced study of manufacturing methods, processes, related equipment, and tools of industry, requiring student to understand standard requirements to be a Journeyman Tool and Diemaker, Moldmaker, Precision Machinist, Precision Screw Machine operator, or Precision CNC operator. Topics include practices of job planning, maximum use of shop supplies, and how to work independently, efficiently and effectively. Scope is to demonstrate thin margin that is required to making a job profitable, helping student to be able to trouble shoot problems that may occur with effective problem-solving methods and technique.

5360 CAD (AUTODESK) Fusion 360

Introduction to CAD walks the student through practical on-the- job skills needed for precision machining while preparing them to complete the CAD Standard credential. Through a series of lessons, the student will learn skills needed to read and understand detailed drawings, replicate 3D models, plan and create CAD Drawings. This course is also an introduction to computer systems and computer-aided drafting software as tools used to produce engineering drawings. Keyboarding and computer operating skills are overlaid with software commands. Command topics include line coordinate systems, circles and arcs, geometry creation, text styles, editing geometry and text, controlling drawing display, drawing aids, layers, blocks, hatching, and dimensioning.

After completing this course series, the student will be able to:

Understand design intent from detailed drawings.
Create a process plan for machining parts.
Create 3D CAD files from 2D drawings.
Create Basic CNC toolpaths.
Export supporting documentation and G-code.

Semester 2

6420 Jig and Fixture

This course covers the necessary information for the designs of jigs, fixtures, and dies. It includes the use and application of bushings, locating devices, and work holding devices used in jigs, fixtures, and dies.

6700 Solidworks

An introductory course that assist students in becoming familiar with Solidworks and its industry applications as a solid modeling design software program. It usually assumes a basic knowledge of drafting and the materials typically used in manufacturing. This program requires prerequisite courses in CAD and manufacturing materials to ensure students get the most out of the Solidworks course. Course lessons focus on the design methods used to create 3D solid models and convert them to computer design files. It builds on a student’s CAD knowledge by incorporating advanced skills in 3D product designs, product assembly, and associated components and mechanisms. Students eventually learn to create solid, computer-generated models of molded, rendered and sheet metal parts.

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6410 Mold Making

This course covers the principles of injection molding, including the molding press and how it works, the basics of an injection mold, and mold components. It explains the heating of cooling of molds and the runners, gates, venting and hot runner systems. It also describes the various methods of producing cavities, cores and various mold components.

6300 Diemaking

his course provides specialized instruction in die construction, processes, and types related to automated manufacturing technology. This is an introduction to the basic types and construction of metal stamping dies. Topics include types of stamping dies and how they process sheet metal, standard die components, concepts of die clearances, die making terminology, and materials used in stamping die construction.

Principles of blanking and/or piercing dies; bending; screw and dowel holes; die life; punches; pilots; die block construction; strippers and stock guides; shredders and knockouts; nest gages; pushers; die stops; stock material utilization; strip layouts; and die sets. Study includes techniques and theory of building stamping dies with topics including cutting and forming operations; primary die components; internal parts of complete die.