Industrial Design & Fabrication

(Grades 11-12) Half-day 120 minutes daily, m-f

The Fall semester focuses on Precision Measurement & CNC Programming, and precision machining. Students will learn the skills of machining by designing and building a variety of projects. Students will have input into each aspect of fabrication: purchasing, machining, construction, and testing. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in areas of design, machining, programming, while participating fully in all aspects of building class projects. Students will also have the opportunity to work on individual projects.

In the Spring semester students will learn Metal Fabrication, Machining, Welding, Soldering, and Brazing by designing and building a variety of class projects. Students will also have the opportunity to work on individual projects. Successful students will finish with a portfolio demonstrating an understanding of precision machining, welding and metal fabrication.   Prerequisite: 10 credits on transcript and successful completion of a basic geometry class (or equivalent).  Credits:   3 credits per year (1 math, 2 electives).

Fall Semester: PRECISION MEASUREMENT & CNC PROGRAMMING (STEM 230) 1.5 credits. Spring Semester: METAL FABRICATION, WELDING & MACHINING (STEM 231) 1.5 credits. Qualifying students can earn 2 college credits in Intro to CNC Lathes from Central Maine Community College. (PMT 294)

Recommended Preparation: Algebra I and Geometry, or similar math courses, physics, STEM 100 or STEM 101.

Desirable Qualifications: Good manual dexterity, ability to perform mathematical computations.

Related Careers: The education gained in this program could lead to careers in engineering, alternative energy science, welding, product design, numerical control machine (CNC) tool operation, set-up or layout work.