Course Description

This course provides practical experience in the use of machine tools. Emphasis is on shop safety, use of measuring instruments, hand tools, horizontal band saw, drill press, screw cutting lathe, electric arc welding, oxyfuel welding, and oxyfuel cutting. The lab also consists of a half semester of “hands-on” introduction to electric arc welding and machine tool operation, including safety. [Lab time required]

This course consists of one hour a week of instruction for a semester, twelve 3-hour labs with practical assessments, and completion of a final project.

Entrance requirements

  • Identify basic hand tools
  • Operate small hand power tools
  • Differentiate between different metals
  • Make rough measurements

STCW Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

  • OICEW-C1.2 Characteristics and limitations of processes used for fabrication and repair
  • OICEW-C1.3 Properties and parameters considered in the fabrication and repair of systems and components
  • OICEW-C1.5 Safety measures for using hand tools
  • OICEW-C1.5 Safety measures for using machine tools
  • OICEW-C1.5 Safety measures for using measuring instruments
  • OICEW-C1.6 Use of machine tools
  • OICEW-C2.4 The use of measuring instruments
  • ABE-B1.6 Knowledge of the application, maintenance and use of hand tools
  • ABE-B1.6 Knowledge of the application, maintenance and use of machine tools
  • ABE-B1.6 Knowledge of the application, maintenance and use of measuring instruments
  • ABE-B1.6 Knowledge of the application, maintenance and use of power tools
  • ABE-B1.7 Knowledge of metalwork

Demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:


  1. Hazards in lathe operations and welding safety
  2. Toolholders and cutting tools: identification, design and procedure for making single point cutting tool used for threading and turning
  3. Oxy-fuel cutting: set-up and operation
  4. Basic engine lathe design
  5. Lathe spindle tooling: chucks, faceplates, operation and maintenance
  6. Lathe controls: spindle speeds, feeds, operations, direction, threading
  7. Facing and center drilling in the lathe
  8. Base metal prep: cleaning, joint design, and joint prep
  9. Work between lathe centers: difference between chuck and center work
  10. Alignment of lathe centers: different methods
  11. Weld quality
  12. Other lathe operations: drilling, boring reaming, parting, knurling
  13. SMAW equip and setup
  14. Threading calculations: depth, fit, infeeds
  15. Cutting Unified and American National Std threads
  16. SMAW electrodes and selection
  17. Benchwork and hand tools: hacksaws, files, reamers, taps, dies
  18. SMAW beads and fillet welds
  19. Measurement: steel rules, vernier calipers, dial calipers, micrometers
  20. Groove welds
  21. Cutting tapers: methods, calculations, set-up
  22. Joint fit-up
  23. Using Steady and Follower Rests
  24. Open V groove welds
  25. Using cutoff machines: reciprocating and horizontal band
  26. Preparation and usage of vertical band machines
  27. SMAW pipe welds
  28. Drilling machine types and usage
  29. Drilling tools and operations
  30. NDT: methods, identification of discontinuities

Other objectives

  • Set-up and dress the wheels on the bench grinder
  • Off-hand grind a 60 degree thread form and radius thread form on a high speed steel tool blank
  • Set-up and operate the lathe and tooling for facing, centerdrilling, turning and threading a test coupon to blueprint specifications
  • Correctly align tool and test coupon and chase an existing thread
  • Operate the horizontal band saw, vertical band saw, drill press, hydraulic press and hand tools
  • Use precision measuring instruments
  • Set up and use an oxy-fuel cutting torch
  • Set-up and adjust SMAW equipment and weld a T-Joint
  • Set-up and adjust oxyfuel equipment and weld a lap joint
  • Identify welding defects using dye penetrant testing

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