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Areas of Study | | MFRG160 syllabus


This course is an introduction to machine tools and processes associated with the machine trade.  Students are taught the fundamentals of shop safety, the use of metal hand tool, bench and layout work and the skills needed for the preparation for metal removal processes.  Machine shop measurements using precision measuring devices are stressed in the course.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Applying the Machinery’s Handbook: The machinist must be able to reference and apply information found in the handbook to solve application problems. Referencing thread percentage, finish symbols, and allowances are some of the skills required.
  • Basic Mathematics: The exam will assess basic math knowledge of fraction/decimal conversion, addition and subtraction of decimals, and an understanding of percent. Industrial Safety: The machinist must become familiar with Hazmat, MSDS, basic personal protective equipment (PPE), and machine tool safety. Student assessment includes identification of a government body that regulates industrial safety – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Maintenance: Student assessment includes elementary knowledge of referencing and researching maintenance procedures, hand tool maintenance and safety, and simple tool maintenance.
  • Process Adjustment: The exam presents basic problems of machining processes such as tapping, threading, drilling, milling, reaming, and grinding in which a process adjustment functions as the corrective action. Students must identify a basic goal of process improvement.
  • Quality Control Procedures: The exam will evaluate knowledge of basic concepts of SPC and sampling plans. Basic knowledge of inspection plans includes rationale, criteria for choosing the correct measuring instrument, and organization. The evaluation includes basic knowledge of inspection setups and measuring instruments.
  • Drill Press Components: Proper operation of a drill press depends on knowledge of drill press components and their functions. Identification of the spindle, base, table, column, variable speed control and feed handle are essential for safe and effective use of this machine tool. Other essential components are the table lock, column lock, motor and base.
  • Process Improvement: An important part of any process improvement is an understanding of the symptoms and causes of some common problems associated with drilling operations. Understanding root causes of drill breakage, excessive wear, enlarged diameters and excessive RPM enable the machinist to analyze the process and make the correct improvement.
  • Twist Drill Nomenclature and Sizing: Each twist drill is comprised of many separate features. Identifying the web and understanding web thickness enables machinist to recognize the effects of excessive web thickness. Knowing the purpose and location of the margin facilitates proper drill diameter measurement as well as the effect of worn margin near the point of the drill. All general-purpose drills have the same identical point angle. The included point angle of a drill will vary dependent on the application and the material being machined.
  • Safety Practices: Proper safety procedures insure safe and productive machining. Safety includes safe lifting procedures, hair containment, jewelry removal and loose clothing containment. Drill press safety includes the proper location of the vise, storage of the chuck key and chip removal. Safety awareness should be apparent at all times evident through the correct application of speeds and feeds. Countersinking, Counterboring, Spotfacing and Center Drilling: Spotfacing, countersinking and counterboring are drilling procedures used to seat screws and bolts with special head configurations or to seat a fastener or washer evenly on a rough surface. Center drilling is an important procedure for accurate hole location as well as shaft preparation for turning between centers. The specific drilling operations have speeds and feeds that are proportionally slower than drilling with general-purpose twist drills.
  • Layout and Inspection: Choosing the correct measuring instrument is primarily dependent on the tolerance range of the specific dimension. Proper setup and correct measuring procedures for each measuring device is imperative. The machinist must also know when and where to apply semi-precision and precision layout. Selection and application of proper layout tools and setups is essential in any machining operation.
  • Tapping: The drill diameter used to create a hole for internal threading will dictate the thread percentage or amount of engagement between two mating threaded components. Most tap drill charts for conventional thread forms are based on 70% – 75% engagement. Pipe taps used for some pneumatic and fluid connects have tap drills based on other parameters. With the proper equipment, tapping can be performed under power if the drill press is capable of reversing the rotation.
  • Work Holding: The work piece must be held securely to prevent part pullout from the work holding device. The equipment used for work holding parts is dependent upon the shape and size of the part being drilled. Proper location of the vise may prevent the vise from whipping around if the drill gets jammed in the part. Proper selection of work holding devices is imperative for safe and accurate application of a drill press.

  • Shop Safety
  • Hand Tools
  • Materials
  • Measurement Tools
  • Layout
  • Speeds and Feeds
  • Drilling
  • Sawing

6" pocket rule, safety glasses, shop towels, calculator, note pad, and pencil
Precision Machining Technology, 2nd edition (ISBN: 9781285444543)

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Student will be evaluated on the following:

Work Projects 40%
Homework & Exams 20%
Final Exam 20%
Lab Safety & Work Ethics 20%



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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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