Metals-Manufacturing 3: Mass Production and Documentation Portfolio

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Course Content:

The primary purpose of this class is to provide a learning experience in some underlying principles of production technology. This class will consist of one major project to be completed in coordination with all members of the class.

To complete the class successfully this class will require outside of class time in the lab. Past classes have needed to come in during Winter and Spring breaks. The amount of outside of class time needed will depend on the complexity of the project chosen by the class.

Topics to be covered in Metals-Manufacturing 3 are:

  1. Plan, develop and complete a unit that would exemplify Production Technology in industry. The conceptual product idea should come from the students in the class followed by designing, developing fixtures when necessary, fabricating, machining, welding all assemblies together, and finishing the product. This is to stimulate all aspects of industrial practices. Within the manufacturing of this product, equipment from the CAM lab might be integrated. A document will be created containing:
    • All drawings, flow charts, manufacturing procedure, daily logs, and job descriptions.
    • Poster, Video, Power Point, Binder Required
  2. Become familiar with the principles of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM). This would include:
    • A short history of CNC and CAM.
    • Explaining the Cartesian or Rectangular Coordinates.
    • Programming Direct Machine Input (DMI) devices.


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:

Three Ring Binder for notes: 1"-1 " size rings, hard cover. This class requires a three ring binder that may be stored in the students' in-class locker. This binder is to be present in class every day, and will be checked by the instructor every six weeks. This binder should be maintained from Metals Manufacturing 1 and should contain all notes and handouts from that class as well as from Metals Manufacturing 2.

Required Class Lab Fee: $10.00
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 projects the student makes and takes home must be paid for individually. 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.


Lockers are provided for each student. They may keep their binder, safety glasses and pencils in their locker. It is recommended that students also keep a pair of shoes on hand if they plan to wear sandals to school. No open toed shoes are allowed in the lab while any of the tools are being used. If a student is wearing sandals whey will not be allowed to enter the lab and will be unable to work on their project that class day. Locks for lockers are provided by the instructor, if lost, locks cost $5.00 to replace.
NOTE: Damage to tools or shop equipment due to misuse or carelessness will be the responsibility of the student to replace or compensate. Cost of repair will be provided if necessary.


Class Rules:

  1. No Hats
  2. No Electrical Devices
  3. No Sunglasses
  4. No Swearing
  5. No Food Drink or Gum
  6. Show Respect for 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.


Lab safety and Safety Test

In this course safety is of the utmost concern. For each tool the instructor will provide appropriate instruction and demonstrations to ensure safety of all who use it. A safety test must be passed each semester before students may use any tools in the lab. This test is a Pass/Fail exam. Safety is extremely important, and many of the tools and machines used in this class are potentially harmful if used carelessly or ignorantly. It is for this reason; a passing score on a Safety test must be 100%.



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.


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.


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.


A written Document (binder) containing the work done by the team the entire year. The binder must include:

A presentation ten to fifteen minutes long, given to the class using multimedia (pictures, video, power point etc.). This will happen the last week of class. The audience could possibly be people from local industry, advisors, and an administrator.


Final Exam Semester One

There will be no written portion of the final. The Practical portion consists of the following: The instructor will choose an item to be produced. Each team will be given a drawing and a two hour final class period to plan and produce the item. Grades will be assigned based on completion, quality and accuracy.

Final Exam Semester Two

See "presentation" above.


The primary purpose of the Manufacturing 3 class is a learning experience in some underlying principles of production technology.

The secondary purpose is to finish the course with a product representing the culmination of the effort.

It is important to choose the item to be produced expeditiously. This may mean sacrificing some individuals' project preferences in favor of getting into production with the majority's acceptance.

Some of the underlying mechanics of the course should proceed as follows:


All handouts are in .pdf format.

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