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MECH6014 - Mechanical Workshop Practice


Module Delivered in

Programme CodeProgrammeSemesterDelivery
CR_EBIME_7Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering3Elective
CR_EMANF_7Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering2Mandatory
CR_EMECH_7Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering2Mandatory
CR_EBIME_6Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering3Elective
CR_EMECH_6Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering2Mandatory
CR_EMECN_7Parttime - Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering2Group Elective 1

Short Title:Mechanical Workshop Practice
Full Title:Mechanical Workshop Practice
Module Code:MECH6014
NFQ Level:Fundamental
ECTS Credits:5.0
Module Coordinator:MATTHEW COTTERELL
Description:The purpose of this module is to enable the student to have the practical skills for basic workshop practice e.g., Marking out, Drilling, Turning, Milling and Grinding. (Contact: Michael Daly & Ray Kennedy)
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Understand and apply workshop safety regulations to prevent and avoid accidents.
  2. Identify and use marking out tools, handtools, measuring equipment and to work to prescribed tolerances.
  3. Identify and produce different types of joints using rivets and screws and produce internal and external thread forms.
  4. Perform a range of operations on Workshop Machinery e.g. Drills, Lathes, Mills and Grinders.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
No co-requisites listed listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
  • Safety
    Personal safety. Instruction on safe working procedures in the use of marking out, hand tools, and operation of machines and equipment.
  • Marking out, measuring equipment and hand tools
    Care and use of marking out equipment including vernier height gauge, surface plate, vernier callipers, micrometers and dial indicator and files, hammers, hacksaws etc.
  • Cutting of Materials
    Cutting, slotting and filing of straight and curved profiles.
  • Screw Threads and Riveting
    Forming of internal and external threads by use of taps and dies. To identify and use rivets of different head forms, e.g. countersunk and snap-head.
  • Drilling
    Correct use of drilling machines, secure clamping of work, selection of cutting speeds and coolants used for the machining of a range of materials, use of reamers, counter-boring, spot-facing, counter-sinking and trepanning.
  • Lathe Work
    Parallel turning, taper turning using top-slide, surfacing, knurling, drilling, boring, reaming and parting-off of work exercises. Selection of spindle speeds, feeds and coolants. Use of different work-holding devices.
  • Milling
    Use of vertical and horizontal milling machines, correct set-up and the secure clamping of work piece, correct speed and feed selection.
  • Surface Grinding
    Use surface grinder to produce flat surfaces to good surface finish.
  • Projects
    Safe manufacture and production of five projects involving all aspects of machine-shop applications including drilling, lathe, milling, surface grinding to the tolerances shown on drawings.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.0%
End of Semester Formal Examination0%
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectExercise 1 - Benchwork & Simple MachiningNone12.0Week 2
ProjectExercise 2 - Emphasis on MillingNone12.0Week 4
ProjectExercise 3 - Emphasis on LatheNone16.0Week 7
ProjectExercise 4 - Benchwork and MachiningNone20.0Week 12
ProjectExercise 5 - More difficult Lathe WorkNone20.0Week 12
Short Answer QuestionsWritten Paper to cover related studiesNone10.0Week 5
Short Answer QuestionsWritten Paper to cover related studiesNone10.0Week 10

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LabWorkshop Practice5.0Every Week5.00
LectureRelated Studies1.0Every Week1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Study1.0Every Week1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours6.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bruce J Black 2005, Workshop Processes, Practices and Materials, 3rd Ed. Ed., Newnes [ISBN: 0750660732]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lawrence Smyth / Liam Hennessy, New Engineering Technology, The Educational Company of Ireland [ISBN: 0861674480]

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