Computer Integrated Manufacturing


Are you ready for a technical career as part of a machine shop using computer technology to turn raw materials into precision parts? Elgin Community College’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Program graduates leave school prepared for entry-level positions that ultimately lead to a career in application engineering. With your program of study, you’ll gain the skills needed to succeed as a programmer in advanced manufacturing machine safety, blueprint reading, math, CAD, CAM, metrology, and proper part inspection methods as part of the production and planning process.

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

Thinking about a career as a machinist, tool and die maker, or woodworker? The U.S Department of Labor Statistics estimates that careers in this line of work are projected to show little to no change from 2021 to 2031. Despite limited growth, 44,100 job openings are projected for the next decade, (accessed October 06, 2022).

There will be an ever-increasing need for business specialists in the supply chain, logistics, delivery systems, transportation routing, and associated analytics. Check out the Career Coach site to learn more about related professions and compensation.

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Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the computer integrated manufacturing plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Vocational Certificates

Vocational Certificates

Careers in CIM

Graduates of our associate degree in business and certification programs have found employment in a wide variety of fields and positions, such as:

  • CNC Operator or Programmer
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Technician
  • General Machinist
  • Industrial Sales
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Mold Maker
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Set-Up Specialist
  • Special Machine Builder
  • Tool and Die Maker

CIM Certificates and Associate Degrees

Elgin Community College prepares you for jobs within 8-12 months, depending on your program of study. Start your career with a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Manufacturing Technology, or the Associate of Applied Science in Machine Tool Technology.

Are you already working in CAD/CAM or another manufacturing career?
Additional Mold Making, Machine Tool Operations, and Tool and Die Making certifications give you skills that could lead to career advancement or a pay raise in your current company.

Should I get a degree in CIM?

At ECC, you’ll have an academic advisor on day one to work with you on everything career-related. You’ll work together to design an educational plan that’s tailored to your goal to get out into the workforce or start at a community college and then transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree. Your advisor will help you with a clear pathway to follow and help you get all the necessary information to make a well-informed decision about your future. Our specially negotiated transfer partnerships help you get ahead:

Do you think about getting a Bachelor of Science degree?

Learn what classes to take at ECC as part of the College’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing program that seamlessly transfers to a four-year school to complete your major after getting your Associate in Engineering Science degree.

  • Find out what classes to take to major in Mechanical Engineering - typical ECC course schedule.
  • See what classes you can take if you plan to study Electrical Engineering - typical ECC course schedule.

Learn more about Associate Degree and Certifications in CIM at ECC!

Earning an AAS degree or certificate at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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