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Machine Shop Practices

The Machine Shop Practices training series is a nine course program that begins with an explanation of the types of tools used in machining. The following courses continue on to include step-by-step setup directions for turning and shaping operations. In-depth courses are full of illustrations and animations to make every point as clear as possible. Each training topic is reinforced with the latest programmed learning techniques.

Unit 315: Machine Shop Practice ($100)

Covers the principles of machining, measurement, tool grinding, and machine shop safety. This course discusses the properties of metals, how to lay out and set up a job, how to use measuring devices such as the micrometer and vernier caliper, and how to read working drawings. Explains how to grind single-and multi-point tools.

Lesson 1 – Principles of Machining

Lesson 2 – Layout Work and Shop Safety

Lesson 3 – Setup Tools

Lesson 4 – Setup Measurement

Lesson 5 – How to Grind Single-Point Tools

Lesson 6 – How to Grind Multi-Point Tools

Unit 316: Machine Shop Turning Operations ($100)

Covers the major types of lathes and their attachments, safety, maintenance, job preparation, and basic lathe operations. This course discusses all facets of drilling and boring, types of drills and drill presses, milling machines, and job bores. Explains reaming and reamer terms.

Lesson 1 – Lathes and Attachments

Lesson 2 – Basic Lathe Operations

Lesson 3 – Drilling and Boring

Lesson 4 – Reaming

Lesson 5 – Threads and Threading

Unit 317: Machine Shop Shaping Operations ($100)

Covers types of milling machines and milling operations. Covers spindles, arbors, feed rates, and safety precautions. This course discusses shaper and planer operations-setup, maintenance, and safety procedures. Also introduces grinding, power sawing, and gear cutting operations.

Lesson 1 – Milling Operations

Lesson 2 – Shaping and Planing

Lesson 3 – Grinding Operations

Lesson 4 – Gear Cutting

Lesson 5 – Power Sawing

Unit 323: Machine Shop Job Analysis ($100)

Covers types of jobs likely to be encountered by the maintenance machinist, and describes how the machinist decides which machine(s) to use for particular operations. This course shows how to analyze the entire job before selecting the most efficient sequence of machining operations. Builds on Courses 315, 316, 317, and is a prerequisite for the “hands-on” projects in the courses that follow.

Lesson 1 – Machining Cylindrical Shapes

Lesson 2 – Drilling, Reaming, and Honing

Lesson 3 – Machining Flat Surfaces

Lesson 4 – Determining Tolerances and Finishes

Lesson 5 – Variables Affecting Job Efficiency

Unit 324: How To Turn Work Between Centers On The Lathe ($100)

The course takes the trainee through a series of operations on the lathe to make a student project (a plug gauge). Covers lathe setup, rough turning procedures, finish turning, and chamfering. Next the course covers shouldering, knurling, and notching operations. Finishes with external thread cutting and marker tapers.

Lesson 1 – Lathe Setup and Workpiece Preparation

Lesson 2 – Rough and Finish Turning

Lesson 3 – Shouldering, Knurling, and Notching

Lesson 4 – Cutting External Threads

Lesson 5 – Turning Tapers Between Centers

Unit 325: How To Machine Work Held In A Chuck On The Lathe ($100)

A sequential follow-up to course 324 on lathe operation, This course covers chuck installation, boring and counterboring operations, thread cutting, and taper boring. Continues into special lathe operations that use faceplates, angle plates, and boring bars. Provides several real “hands-on” projects.

Lesson 1 – Lathe Setup and Workpiece Preparation

Lesson 2 – Rough Turning and Finish Turning

Lesson 3 – Boring and Counterboring

Lesson 4 – Cutting Internal Threads and Boring Tapers

Lesson 5 – Holding Irregular and Oversize Workpieces

Unit 326: Using Basic Milling Procedures ($100)

The Basic Milling Procedures course covers the setup and use of the horizontal milling machine, and describes the functions of basic cutters and attachments. Uses “hands-on” projects so trainees actually gain experience on the milling machine. Includes a work-holding fixture project that can have practical value in the shop when finished.

Lesson 1 – Using the Horizontal Milling Machine

Lesson 2 – Slab Milling Procedures

Lesson 3 – Milling Slots and Angles

Lesson 4 – Straddle, Side, and Face Milling

Lesson 5 – Milling Keyseats, Squares, and Flats

Unit 327: Using Indexed Milling Procedures ($100)

Covers the use of the dividing head. Covers plain, differential, and angular indexing. The course explains the use of the dividing head for milling hexagons. This course proceeds to the cutting of spur gears, helical gears, and cams.

Lesson 1 – Using the Dividing Head

Lesson 2 – Dividing Head Setup

Lesson 3 – Milling Spur Gears

Lesson 4 – Helical Milling

Lesson 5 – Milling Cams

Unit 328: Multiple-Machine Procedures & Shop Projects ($100)

Previous courses have dealt largely with the operation of two major machine tools, the lathe and the milling machine. This course picks up some of the other machines found in a machine shop, some of which may be used infrequently, but which nevertheless require specific skills to operate. In most cases, simple projects are described to give trainees experience working with these machines.

Lesson 1 – Power Sawing

Lesson 2 – Drilling Operations

Lesson 3 – Operating a Horizontal Shaper

Lesson 4 – Grinding Operations

Lesson 5 – Boring Mill Operations