Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM)

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This is a year length class presenting modern manufacturing in the Industrial Technology department. Its purpose is to explore modern industrial processes through the student's ability and creativity.


The manufacturing student will design a product and manufacture it using computer assisted machine tools. Each student will apply and develop skills typical of a designer, programmer, machinist and quality control person.


Information will be presented in a variety of learning modalities. Lessons will be presented through handouts (visual), presentations (auditory), demonstrations (visual), discussion (oral) and by hands-on experience (kinesthetic).

Units to be covered:


My Philosophy: The Instructor is here to teach and the student is here to learn.

The purpose of this class is to develop critical thinking and manipulative skills while exploring industrial processes. The main themes of this course are the practical arts of: Following Directions, Personal Organization, Time Management, and Responsibility. My personal goals as an instructor are to maintain a safe learning environment for all students, while producing productive young members of society. The best way to ensure success in this class is to be kind, courteous, observant, and thoughtful.

Office Hours

The instructor is available for tutoring or other assistance in the lab during tutorial, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise posted. Lecture material missed during an absence from school should be made up during this time.


Materials Required:

Required Class Lab Fee: $5.00
This fee covers the cost of consumable materials specific to the course. The cost for all materials used to learn skills required for the course are covered by this fee. Any additional projects students complete using school-provided materials must be paid for on an individual basis. Students will be instructed in how to make a bill of materials for each project before it is completed so they may predict the cost ahead of time. Students unable to pay the Lab fee are instructed to see the instructor to make individual arrangements.

NOTE:Damage to tools or shop equipment due to misuse or carelessness will be the responsibility of the student to replace or compensate.


Class Rules:

  1. No Hats
  2. No Electrical Devices
  3. No Sunglasses
  4. No Swearing
  5. No Food Drink or Gum
  6. Show Respect to all
  7. Be Prepared
  8. Do Your Best
  9. The Instructor dismisses students at the end of class, not the bell.

Required Footwear

No open toed shoes allowed in the Lab at any time. If the student is not wearing appropriate footwear he/she will not be allowed to enter the lab. This is important to remember, because the student may miss important demonstrations or work time in the lab.

Grading Policy

See separate grade sheet.

Repeat work

All lab work can be redone until quality is achieved is acceptable to student and teacher.


Citizenship: You earn 210 points every semester, 70 points every six weeks.
+10 points for no infractions
-5 points for a tardy
-5 points for an absence
-5 points for leaving the lab/classroom
-5 points for any minor safety violation
-20 points for any major safety violation

This is a hands-on, activity based class. Students must be responsible for their own assignment completion. To complete all projects within the time allotted students must be on task every day they are in the lab. Your presence in class daily is vital to your success in the course. Lateness, and absences, will adversely affect your citizenship points.

Failure to take notes or be respectful during lecture/demo portion of class may result in a loss of citizenship points. This is considered failure to participate fully in the class.



All students must be in their seat with their notebook, and pencil ready, before the bell starts ringing.


Students are responsible for material and assignments missed. The student will be allowed the same number of days to make up work missed as the length of the absence.

Late Work

Late work and repeats are only accepted during the first six weeks of the school year. The work must be turned in within five days of the original due date or as per agreement with the instructor.


Open Lab Time

The lab is available for use on school days after school until 5:00 PM unless otherwise posted. Open Lab Time is supervised work time for students to work on their class projects. If you require additional personal instruction on a course topic please come in during tutorial.

Personalized Tutoring and Special Accommodations

See Office Hours above.


  1. DYNA (mill) 1 (4x4)
  2. DYNA (mill) 2 (name plaque)
  3. Auto CAD (self study)
  4. DYNA (mill) 3 (4x5 using Auto CAD)
  5. ORAC (lathe)1 (spinning top)
  6. ORAC (lathe) 2 (twin items)
  7. CAM (student designed project) (possible team production)
  8. Personal Portfolio (including a cover letter, application, photos and captions see packet to be given at a later date).


All handouts are in .pdf format.

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