MACHINE SHOP FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers all the fundamentals of traditional (manual) machine shop skills.
- 19 classes, with 57 hours of instruction in a small group of students.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included.
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in machining, mold making, aerospace, CNC, medical devices, engineering, prototyping, and other related fields.
- Careers in these fields start at $40,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Machine shop overview. What they can do, why they are important, the basic machine types, and the many opportunities in the world of machining. Interactive demos on a milling machine and lathe.
Necessary safety protocols, PPE (personal protective equipment), shop attire, and proper use of the hand tools most commonly used in the machine shop environment.
Why certain steels, alloys, and plastics are used in machining and how to choose the correct ones. Common shapes, sizes, local sources, and how these materials are used. Identifying materials, considerations when choosing materials, and more.
Proper use, safety, and care of: Bandsaws, bead blaster, stomp shear, sheet-metal brake, drill press, hydraulic press, and bench grinders.
Fundamental math, measuring tools, and terminology needed in order to perform basic measuring functions in a machine shop and manufacturing. Basic use of calipers, gages, scales, micrometers, and more.
Use of the most common power tools in support of machine shop operations. Tools used for removing material, such as: belt and disc sanders, files, band saw blades, abrasive pads, and sandpaper.
Covers the proper use of cutters (end mills, drills, reamers, etc), tool holders, collets, vices, inserts, tooling, and more. Basics of cutting parameters such as speeds and feeds. Cutting tool safety, materials, coatings, and care.
Basic terminology, symbols, best practices, and how to make simple blueprints and technical drawings. Also covers practical knowledge to relay information correctly in a drawing
Basic usage of the most critical industrial fasteners, such as: nuts and bolts, pins, washers, cap screws, and more. Proper sizing, uses, sources, materials, and design considerations for machine shop hardware
Basic usage and safety of taps, dies, boring bars, parallels, indicators, edge finding, surface plates, and other critical machine shop tools.
GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) is a way of showing specific tolerances on drawings and effectively communicate the design intent to manufacturing and inspection. Datum feature identification, determining order of precedence, identifying and interpreting the symbols
Using indicators and other tools to align fixtures, vices, sine plates, and workpieces in manual mills and tool room lathes. Using indicators and other tools to inspect and measure workpieces. Basic use of machine DROs (Digital Read Outs).
All the basics of using a manual milling machine will be covered. Including controls, features, and safe use. Some basics use of end mills to feel what it’s like to machine materials.
Proper workpiece clamping, indicating, parallels, vice stops, milling, fly-cutting, drilling & more. Instructor will machine a part from start to finish with student participation.
Students will take turns demonstrating preparation, mounting, and machining of a simple part while under the supervision and guidance of the instructor.
All the basics of using a tool room lathe will be demonstrated. Including controls, features, and safe use. Some basic use of a lathe tool and feel what it’s like to "turn" materials.
Proper workpiece chucking, collet use, edge-finding, turning, surfacing, trimming, drilling, and more. Instructor will machine a part from start to finish with student participation.
Students will take turns demonstrating preparation, mounting, and tunring of a simple part while under the supervision and guidance of the instructor.
Practice previously learned Machine Shop Fundamentals skills under the supervision of, and with the help of, an instructor. Discussion of personal projects and project ideas.