Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David W. Melton

Thesis Committee Member


Thesis Committee Member



This study analyzed the past Machine Tool Advanced Skills Technology (MAST), and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc (NIMS) standards of workforce competency to be used to develop a curriculum, learning objectives and skill sets need by industry for a course on CNC machining. Instructional methods and strategies for delivery were determined for best practices. The coursework was designed and delivered, with an analysis of student learning based on learning objectives performed. Students were surveyed in regard to their understanding of the material covered in the course.

Categories of knowledge needed include machining knowledge about tooling and tool selection, CNC machine utilization, operational procedures, programming g-codes, programming coordinate positions, programming correct g-code syntax and acquisition of skills related to set-up, operate and program a CNC machine.

The research and subsequent delivery of training tried to define and achieve a fully competent individual in CNC machining within the context of a 15 week college course. The research yielded students capable of programming and setting up a CNC machine but found students lacking in basic machining theory and application indicating that students were not prepared to be fully competent for industry after taking the course.