Precision Machining E-Degree
Precision Machining is one of the most vital, highly skilled careers needed keep America’s manufacturing quality second to none! As requested by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Lake Area Tech has formatted our outstanding Precision Machining program into a new online format option, in addition to our on-campus program. The online curriculum design allows individuals who are currently employed full-time to also be a part-time Lake Area Tech student. After successfully completing the program, graduates can expect to advance to a highly paid, secure career as a machinist.
How does an E-Degree work?
As a Precision Machining E-Degree student, you’ll take online courses through Lake Area Tech’s eLearning system. Most of your theory time learning will be done at home, so you’ll only spend limited time on campus.
Why an E-Degree?
Lake Area Tech E-Degrees are “hybrid” – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. What’s great about that is you can keep your day job (work, raise kids) and still get a degree. With hybrid education, you get maximum flexibility to study when and where you want, but you’ll still get the chance to learn on-campus with Lake Area Tech instructors on selected projects.
How long will it take?
As an online student of our Precision Machining E-Degree program, you’ll complete your Associate of Applied Science degree over six semesters and two summers (in the hybrid program, in a standard four semester outline). During that time, you’ll learn the working properties of metals, and how to use both manual and computer-controlled methods to produce machined products. While the majority of your theory studies will be online, the shop on campus will be made available with staffed instructors 30 hours a week for you to have access to the hands-on learning required to complete projects using our 23 top-notch Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.
Do you have what it takes to be a successful online learner? Find out by taking this brief survey covering topics related to online learning such as study habits, learning preferences, self-directedness, technology skills, and computer equipment capabilities. Upon completion of the survey, you’ll be given feedback regarding how successful you’d be an as online student based on the answers you provided. The survey is strictly a tool for you to use when weighing the pros and cons of online learning. The results are not used in determining your admission into the program, should you choose to apply. Why wait?
Accomplishing labs in the online environment is highly dependent on what resources a student has available to them locally. Students with a business partner may be able to accomplish all their labs locally, and have their skills checked off by Lake Area Tech instructors. Others may need to come to Lake Area Tech to accomplish their labs and gain the competencies they need. Still others will end up doing a combination of both. A typical inexperienced student will need 12 to 16 hours per week of “machine” or “lab” time to acquire the baseline skills required to be successful. To accommodate those students choosing to come on campus for lab work, our machining lab is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday (with later hours available by appointment). The lab is also open every other weekend to provide opportunities for students if they work during the day. The actual lab time may vary depending upon student aptitude, proficiency, and level of experience. In addition to the lab time, students will spend approximately 10 hours online per week studying and completing other assignments.