Metals-Manufacturing 4: Senior Project and Personal Portfolio

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Course Content:

  1. Produce a project that is approximately a one year effort in duration that has received the approval of the instructor. The instructor believes it would be extremely beneficial for students to have the plans approved or ready for approval on the first day of class at the beginning of the year. This would avoid a great misuse of time and would keep the student's enthusiasm toward the class at a much higher level.
  2. Develop complete documentation for the project, include the following: Sketches, Drawings, Work logs, Flow charts, Bill of materials, Manufacture procedure, Photos, And Oral Presentation. The written documentation must be typed, and include an up-to-date Resume.
  3. Student created contract/timeline for the year of work. This is to predict what will be completed when, and will include an itemized list of parts for the project.
  4. Personal Portfolio including: Introduction, Resume, Work Samples with captions, Letter of Recommendation, and Writing Sample.


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.


As expressed last year at the culmination of Metals Manufacturing 3, student project ideas should be finalized in the first thirteen days of Metals Manufacturing 4. This enables the student to obtain instructor approval and commence work as soon as the initial testing period has been completed.


By the end of the first eight class days, all students will have taken their review tests; General Safety, Tool Panel, Metals Identification, and Machine Safety tests in class.

By the end of the first twelve class days, all students will have PASSED all of the above tests. If this has not occurred, the offending student will be assigned to attend tutorial until tests are sufficiently completed.

By the end of the first thirteen class days, all students will have an approval by the instructor regarding the dimensioned plans of their year length project. This approval could be in the form of a working drawing or the ordering of the necessary components (e.g. raw castings) to get underway.

Weekly evaluations will start the third week of school. With the Metals-Manufacturing 4 students the instructor operates on the premise that students will show initiative on their part to acquire a passing grade.

It is advantageous for each student to come up with a project that would enable that person to engage in the "School to Work" program. This is to suggest that you develop skills during the senior year which would make you employable by industry immediately upon completion of Metals-Manufacturing 4. It is to your advantage to allow the instructor to choose an appropriate project for you. He will enable you to attempt a project that will be manageable in length to ensure successful completion.

Final Grade Presentation: Three parts:

  1. The student will have the complete documentation (3 ring binder) of their year long project.
  2. The student will present a three to five minute oral presentation about their project ( with an audience of persons of industry).
  3. The student will produce a Personal Portfolio (three ring binder) including : personal introduction, writing sample, four work sample photos with captions, a letter of recommendation, a filled out, application for employment, and several résumés.


All handouts are in .pdf format.

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