How Computer-Integrated Machining is Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

Computer-intergrated machiningManufacturing — we all know the role it plays in driving a successful economy, but what does it really mean?

If you break down the word manufacture, you have “manu,” which means “with your hands,” and “factre,” which means to make or do.

Ironically, technology has changed the manufacturing process immensely leaving little to do by hand. Thanks to computers and industrial robots, manufacturing work is largely automated. Much of the heavy lifting and hazardous “blue collar” labor has been eliminated.

So what does this mean for the job market? If machines are taking over the work, isn’t the manufacturing industry a dying field?

Not exactly. Machines can have a dramatic and substantial effect on productivity, but man is still needed. Many new fields have been created in response to the technology-driven manufacturing revolution.

One of those fields is computer-integrated machining (CIM).

What is computer-integrated machining?
Computer-integrated machining, or CIM, is a profession that is essential to today’s manufacturing process. Machinists are needed to run the sophisticated computers, tools, and equipment that take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production. Virtually every product (and every production line) relies on precision parts produced by a combination of high-tech tools and expert machinists.

Who is computer-integrated machining for?
Computer-integrated machining is a great opportunity for men and women who are analytical, creative, and innovative. It is perfect for those who enjoy problem-solving, working with their hands, and seeing their ideas result in a finished product. Because you can earn your education quickly and secure employment easily, computer-integrated machining is also a great fit for those who want to expand their career opportunities without taking a great deal of time off work for education.

Where do computer-integrated machining professionals work?
Computer-integrated machining graduates qualify for employment as machining technicians in all kinds of manufacturing facilities. These are not dirty old factories; they are clean, high-tech environments, including rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy.


What does a computer-integrated machining program look like?
At Alamance Community College, computer-integrated machining students learn by doing in the brand new, state-of-the-art Advanced Applied Technology Center. Students learn the ropes of computer-aided manufacturing, machining applications, and CAD, which stands for computer-aided design. Depending on career goals, there are three unique degree options that can be pursued:

  • An Associate of Applied Science in computer-integrated machining
  • A computer-integrated machining diploma
  • A computer-integrated machining certificate

Ready to learn more and apply?
You can get a full overview of the computer-integrated machining program at Alamance Community College by downloading our program preview sheet, or speaking with our career counselor Karen Hughes at 336-506-4354 today about enrolling today.