2650 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, TX 75671
Dear Prospective Student:
Thank you for your interest in the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program. At TSTC Marshall, Computer Aided Manufacturing is one of the programs within the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Division. You will find that our programs are made up of the most advanced innovations in manufacturing technology known today.
At one time, Computer Aided Manufacturing was the traditional machining program but it has grown to include Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and CAM as well as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming. This program offers three exit points for the student. The student can opt to take the first (16 semester hour) short certificate, the second (39 semester hour) certificate, or the Associate of Applied Sciences (68 semester hours). Most students take all three programs. The programs are designed to be completed in progression. Students start in the basic shop where the principles of the machines are taught and progress rapidly to the computer controlled shop where the machines are controlled by the onboard computers. Students learn the specialized computer programming language so that they are able to not only operate but also set up and troubleshoot jobs. The student will learn to operate the software which enables the programmer to convert a CAD drawing to any of many CNC languages which actually operate the production machines.
In all of our programs the students learn the principles of the program but spend most of their classroom time on the actual machines themselves. While some of the principles may be taught on simulation software, the laboratory equipment, where most of the student's time is spent, are machines and software used in today's fast paced and highly competitive manufacturing environment. What you see in our labs is what you will see when the student goes to work. In addition, the faculty all have years of experience in the field working in their areas of specialization. Many are members of professional societies and each of them stays abreast of current trends in their fields.
If you have questions or would like to tour the department, or the campus please contact us. We would be happy to schedule a personalized tour and we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. I hope to see you soon.