BIR Training Center: Computerized Manufacturing (CNC) School Courses in Chicago
Programs & Certification Pathways

Computerized Manufacturing and Robotics Programs

M1: Computerized Manufacturing and Robotics

ABM 100 Mathematics and Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions, decimals, and concentrate on percent, ratio, proportions, and conversion between the US Conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools and Keyboarding

This course teaches students to use the operating system, navigate the Internet, use web-based e-mail, use Outlook e-mail, calendars, create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, and develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint. Students will also be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through several projects which helps them apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: None

COM 100 Blueprint Reading

This course instills the knowledge of blueprint reading, geometric dimensions and tolerances, projections and views, technical sketching, use of precision measuring instruments, concepts of quality control and quality assurance, and inspection planning. Upon completion of this course, students are able to read and conceptualize blueprints and understand the dimensions, tolerances, and symbols that are commonly used for manufacturing blueprints.
Prerequisite: None

COM 101 CAM I: Design & Drafting

The goal of the class is to prepare the student to work with mechanical drawings found in the production environment and to give practical experience in print reading, dimensioning, systems, and tolerances. Basic computer-aided design and parts production are taught using CAM software.
Prerequisite: CIT 102 and COM 100

COM 102 CNC Turning Center G-Codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC lathe machining, setup and operations, tooling and work-holding systems; and basics of manual part programming for drilling, turning, as well as threading operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC lathe with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 103 CNC Machining Center G-Codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC mill machining, set-up and operations; tooling and work-holding systems; and the basics of manual part programming for drilling, milling, tapping, as well as boring operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC mill with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 106 Quality Control and CMM Operation

This course teaches: coordinate measuring machine (CMM) functions and operations, quality control, use of measurement equipment, advanced blueprint reading, and fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Upon completion of the course a student should understand the fundamentals of metrology, GD&T; improve their blueprint reading and measuring skills; gain hands-on experience in operating and using a CMM; learn CMM operator’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities; and become familiar with what is required to efficiently operate the CMM screens and equipment. This course includes preparation of the quality control portion of the NIMS Measurement, Materials, and Safety certification exam.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 107 Robotic Manufacturing Cell Operations

This course provides an overview of robot classifications and types of control for manipulators. Topics include CNC robot applications, basics of robotic actuators and sensors, visual systems, motion planning, task modeling, human-machine interface, and motion and gripping processes. Laboratories provide experience with powering up and jogging the robot; recovery from common program and robot faults, production operations execution, CNC cell program modification and execution, programs and files backup and restoration in a group-based term project. This course is an introduction to robotics and how robots communicate with CNC machines. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify robotic system units in CNC manufacturing and perform basic robotic manipulations that are necessary to operate and edit programs in the Fanuc robotics handling tool software.
Prerequisites: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 110 Machine Shop Safety and Operations

The course teaches industrial safety, maintenance, and basic machining processes. The content of this course, in conjunction with that of COM 106 Quality Control, is aligned with industry credentialing exams and on-the-job tests.
Prerequisites: None

COM 115 Mathematics for Manufacturing Occupations

This course concentrates on solving mathematical problems applicable in the area of computerized manufacturing and specifically CNC machining. Instruction may include, but is not limited to, skill development in the areas of the Cartesian coordinate system, basic applied algebra, geometry, right-angle trigonometry, and the use of scientific calculators. A brief review of operations with decimals, percentages, fractions, ratios, and proportion will also be included in this course. This course provides skills and sufficient knowledge to solve trade-related math problems.
Prerequisites: ABM 100

COM 202 CNC Turning Center G-Codes Manual Part Programming

This course covers the concepts and components of CNC part programming on a two-axis CNC lathe. By the end of the course, students are able to write G code programs for a CNC-controlled turning center with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class. The contents of this course are aligned with the NIMS CNC Turning Operator exam.
Prerequisites: COM 102 and COM 115

COM 203 CNC Machining Center G-Codes Manual Part Programming

This course covers the concepts and components of CNC part programming on three-axis and multi-axis CNC mills. By the end of the course, students are able to program a CNC-controlled milling center with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class. The contents of this course are aligned with the NIMS CNC Milling Operator exam.
Prerequisite: COM 103 and COM 115

COM 206 CMM Programing

This course focuses on CMM programming software, CMM report production and interpretation, advanced stylus configuration and calibration, work piece fixturing and alignment, and general day-to-day operation of the CMM and its functions. Throughout the course, students gain hands-on experience and understanding of basic set-up, menus, programming, and operator responsibilities. Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to further their understanding of metrology, gain hands-on experience in operating and using CMM and requirements to efficiently plan and program a process on the CMM such as PC-DMIS software on a Brown and Sharp CMM.
Prerequisites: COM 106 and COM 115

COM 207 Robotic Manufacturing Cell Advanced Operations

This course provides an overview of integrating vision systems, tool handling operations, and programming with Fanuc Robotics simulation software. Students will learn CNC machine tool-robot integration and utilize robot integrated vision systems with iRVision applications, R 30iA robot controller, FANUC Robotics HandlingPRO Software operations to program FANUC LR Mate 200iC educational robot, robot applications iRVision 2D R30iA, integrated vision systems. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify robotic vision system solutions in CNC manufacturing, program basic iRVision-2D R30iA vision solutions, and create programs in the FANUC Robotics HandlingPRO Software Package.
Prerequisites: COM 107 and COM 115

COM 303 CAM II: CNC Programming

This course teaches command structures, keyboard and menu tables; programs and techniques used to develop designs via CAM systems using representative software such as Mastercam or a comparable program. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to create, insert, and modify geometry using the system command structure, and to dimension and detail designs.
Prerequisites: COM 101 and COM 203

COM 310 Computerized Manufacturing Career Development

Career entrance and mid-career strategies and resources are examined to lay a foundation for career entry and professional growth. Topics include: industry trends and overview, self-evaluation, goal setting, potential employer identification, individual’s work history analysis, résumés, cover letters, follow-up communication, recommendations, exercises in confidence building, and human resources interviews.
Prerequisite: Program completion

 

M2: Computer Numerical Control Machine Tool Technology

ABM 100 Math Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions, decimals, and concentrate on percent, ratio, proportions, and conversion between the US Conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools & Keyboarding

This course teaches students to use the operating system, navigate the Internet, use web-based e-mail, use Outlook e-mail, calendars, create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, and develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint. Students will also be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through several projects which helps them apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: None

COM 100 Blueprint Reading

This course instills the knowledge of blueprint reading, geometric dimensions and tolerances, projections and views, technical sketching, use of precision measuring instruments, concepts of quality control and quality assurance, and inspection planning. Upon completion of this course, students are able to read and conceptualize blueprints and understand the dimensions, tolerances, and symbols that are commonly used for manufacturing blueprints.
Prerequisite: None

COM 101 CAM I: Design and Drafting

The goal of the class is to prepare the student to work with mechanical drawings found in the production environment and to give practical experience in print reading, dimensioning, systems, and tolerances. Basic computer-aided design and parts production are taught using CAM software.
Prerequisite: CIT 102 and COM 100

COM 102 CNC Turning Center G-Codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC lathe machining, setup and operations, tooling and work-holding systems; and basics of manual part programming for drilling, turning, as well as threading operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC lathe with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 103 CNC Milling Center G-codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC mill machining, set-up and operations; tooling and work-holding systems; and the basics of manual part programming for drilling, milling, tapping, as well as boring operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC mill with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.

Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 106 Quality Control and CMM Operation

This course teaches: coordinate measuring machine (CMM) functions and operations, quality control, use of measurement equipment, advanced blueprint reading, and fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Upon completion of the course a student should understand the fundamentals of metrology, GD&T; improve their blueprint reading and measuring skills; gain hands-on experience in operating and using a CMM; learn CMM operator’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities; and become familiar with what is required to efficiently operate the CMM screens and equipment. This course includes preparation of the quality control portion of the NIMS Measurement, Materials, and Safety certification exam.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 115 Mathematics for Manufacturing Occupations

This course concentrates on solving mathematical problems applicable in the area of computerized manufacturing and specifically CNC machining. Instruction may include, but is not limited to, skill development in the areas of the Cartesian coordinate system, basic applied algebra, geometry, right-angle trigonometry, and the use of scientific calculators. A brief review of operations with decimals, percentages, fractions, ratios, and proportion will also be included in this course. This course provides skills and sufficient knowledge to solve trade-related math problems.
Prerequisite: ABM 100

COM 202 CNC Turning Center G-codes Manual Part Programming

This course covers the concepts and components of CNC part programming on a two-axis CNC lathe. By the end of the course, students are able to write G code programs for a CNC-controlled turning center with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class. The contents of this course are aligned with the NIMS CNC Turning Operator exam.
Prerequisites: COM 102 and COM 115

COM 203 CNC Milling Center G-codes Manual Part Programming

This course covers the concepts and components of CNC part programming on three-axis and multi-axis CNC mills. By the end of the course, students are able to program a CNC-controlled milling center with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class. The contents of this course are aligned with the NIMS CNC Milling Operator exam.
Prerequisites: COM 103 and COM 115

COM 303 CAM II: CNC Programming

This course teaches command structures, keyboard and menu tables; programs and techniques used to develop designs via CAM systems using representative software such as Mastercam or a comparable program. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to create, insert, and modify geometry using the system command structure, and to dimension and detail designs.
Prerequisites: COM 101 and COM 203

COM 310 Computerized Manufacturing Career Development

Career entrance and mid-career strategies and resources are examined to lay a foundation for career entry and professional growth. Topics include: industry trends and overview, self-evaluation, goal setting, potential employer identification, individual’s work history analysis, résumés, cover letters, follow-up communication, recommendations, exercises in confidence building, and human resources interviews.
Prerequisite: Program completion


 

M3: Computer Numerical Control Machine Tool Operations

ABM 100 Math Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions, decimals, and concentrate on percent, ratio, proportions, and conversion between the US Conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools & Keyboarding

This course teaches students to use the operating system, navigate the Internet, use web-based e-mail, use Outlook e-mail, calendars, create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, and develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint. Students will also be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through several projects which helps them apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: None

COM 100 Blueprint Reading

This course instills the knowledge of blueprint reading, geometric dimensions and tolerances, projections and views, technical sketching, use of precision measuring instruments, concepts of quality control and quality assurance, and inspection planning. Upon completion of this course, students are able to read and conceptualize blueprints and understand the dimensions, tolerances, and symbols that are commonly used for manufacturing blueprints.
Prerequisite: None

COM 102 CNC Turning Center G-Codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC lathe machining, setup and operations, tooling and work-holding systems; and basics of manual part programming for drilling, turning, as well as threading operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC lathe with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 103 CNC Milling Center G-codes Setup and Operation

This course covers concepts of CNC mill machining, set-up and operations; tooling and work-holding systems; and the basics of manual part programming for drilling, milling, tapping, as well as boring operations by utilizing G-codes. By the end of this class, students will be qualified to operate, set up, and edit programs on a CNC mill with Fanuc-compatible controls. Hands-on practice is an integral part of the class.

Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 106 Quality Control and CMM Operation

This course teaches: coordinate measuring machine (CMM) functions and operations, quality control, use of measurement equipment, advanced blueprint reading, and fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Upon completion of the course a student should understand the fundamentals of metrology, GD&T; improve their blueprint reading and measuring skills; gain hands-on experience in operating and using a CMM; learn CMM operator’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities; and become familiar with what is required to efficiently operate the CMM screens and equipment. This course includes preparation of the quality control portion of the NIMS Measurement, Materials, and Safety certification exam.
Prerequisite: ABM 100 and COM 100

COM 310 Computerized Manufacturing Career Development

Career entrance and mid-career strategies and resources are examined to lay a foundation for career entry and professional growth. Topics include: industry trends and overview, self-evaluation, goal setting, potential employer identification, individual’s work history analysis, résumés, cover letters, follow-up communication, recommendations, exercises in confidence building, and human resources interviews.
Prerequisite: Program completion