Course Descriptions

About Our Curriculum

The Academy is a partnership between Manufacturing industries, Regional Independent School Districts, Kilgore College, and Texas State Technical College.

The objective of this partnership is to equip students with the manufacturing skills necessary to fill current and future job openings for the East Texas industry base. A quality educated industry workforce will attract more industries to the East Texas Region.

In August the Academy will offer two dual credit pathways.

The course and instructional requirements will be determined by Kilgore College or TSTC. Each course will have a syllabus and required resources to ensure high quality hands-on learning.

Increasing student opportunities through career-centered learning

PATHWAY ONE: Precision Machining Technology – (TSTC)

Students interested in becoming machinists should be mechanically inclined, have good problem-solving abilities, be able to work independently and be able to do highly accurate work that requires concentration and physical effort. Students will learn about the various materials used in today’s manufacturing industry and use the following machines: horizontal and vertical mills, engine lathes, drill presses, shapers, surface and pedestal grinders.

Students participating in this pathway will have taken foundation courses during their freshman and sophomore years in preparation for this program.

Sequence of Courses

First Year MCHN 1302 (Fall) Blueprint Reading and Sketching (3 credit hours)
MCHN 1300 (Spring) Beginning Machine Shop (3 credit hours)
Second Year MCHN 1320 (Fall) Precision Tools and Measurement (3 credit hours)
MCHN 2344 (Spring) Fundamentals of CNC and Machine Controls (3 credit hours)

Precision Machining Technology Course Descriptions

MCHN 1302 Blueprint Reading and Sketching

An introduction to reading and interpreting working drawings for fabrication processes and associated trades. Use of sketching techniques to create pictorial and multiple-view drawings.

MCHN 1300 Beginning Machine Shop

Fundamental machine shop safety, math and measurement.

MCHN 1320 Precision Tools and Measurement

An introduction to the modern science of dimensional metrology. Emphasis on the identification, selection, and application of various types of precision instruments associated with the machining trade. Practice of basic Layout and piece part measurements while using standard measuring tools.

MCHN 2303 Fundamentals of CNC / Machine Controls

Programming and operation of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine shop equipment.

PATHWAY TWO: Instrumentation and Electrical – (Kilgore College)

Many industrial firms now use automation practices which require highly programmed electronic equipment to do work that used to be performed by people. Due to their complicated nature, automated devices frequently run into problems which electrical instrumentation technicians must solve. Electrical instrumentation technicians troubleshoot, repair and maintain the various parts needed to keep automated machinery running smoothly and effectively. A degree or certificate is usually necessary to land work as an electrical instrumentation technician.

Instrumentation and Electrical students will install, maintain and calibrate devices used in the automation of industrial processes. These devices measure and control the pressure, temperature, level and flow of processes used in automated manufacturing and production. Students will utilize piping process, chemical pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, computer and networking technologies.

Sequence of Courses

First Year INTC 1305 (Fall) Introduction to Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
ELPT 1321 (Spring) Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools (3 credit hours)
Second Year ELPT 1311 (Fall) Basic Electrical Theory (3 credit hours)
INTC 1307 (Spring) Instrumentation Test Equipment (3 credit hours)

Instrumentation and Electrical Course Descriptions

INTC 1305 Introduction to Instrumentation

A survey of the instrumentation field and the professional requirements of the instrumentation technician. Students will identify the role and responsibilities of an instrumentation technician, explain applications of instrumentation in various industries, and discuss safety procedures.

ELPT 1321 Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools

A survey of Safety rules and regulations – includes the selection, inspection, use, and maintenance of common tools for electricians. The students will explain electrical hazards and how to avoid them in the workplace, discuss safety issues concerning lockout/tag procedures, and demonstrate safe work habits using common hand and power tools for electricians.

ELPT 1311 Basic Electrical Theory

Basic theory and practice of electrical circuits – including calculations as applied to alternating and direct current.

INTC 1307 Instrumentation Test Equipment

Theory and application of instrumentation test equipment emphasizing accuracy, limitations of instruments and calibration techniques. Students will select, set-up and use test and measurement tools, analyze measurement results, identify test instrument limitations and parameters and demonstrate proper saftey procedures.

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