Curriculum

  • Year One

    • Basic machine shop theory
    • Drawing interpretation
    • Manual mill operation
    • Manual Lathe operation
    • Basics of 3d modeling (AutoDesk Inventor) 

    Students will work on small projects such as a bell peen hammer, and a paper punch in the first semester, and a larger more difficult project of their choice in the second.  The year is concluded with a cumulative final exam shop project.  The project is a small single cylinder vertical pneumatic engine and is a good test of a student’s skills and understanding of what was covered in the first year curriculum.  You can see a student made rendering of this engine in the Student Creations section of this web page.

    Year Two

    • Advanced machine shop theory
    • Drawing Creation (Inventor)
    • Advanced 3d modeling and 3d assemblies
    • Basics of CNC setup and operation
    • Basics of CNC programming (using Inventor HSM)

    Students will work on larger and more challenging projects in the shop, and be introduced CNC machining. We will utilize modern modeling and programming software to aid in our CNC operations.  Students will also learn and practice more difficult manual machining setups to improve skills in that area.  An example of a year two team project is showcased in our student creations page as well as on our Youtube channel...look for photos or videos titled or captioned "3 cylinder pneumatic engine"