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MECH6006 - Engineering Workshop Practice

Title:Engineering Workshop Practice
Long Title:Engineering Workshop Practice
Module Code:MECH6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: The purpose of this module is to enable the student to have the practical skills for basic workshop practices e.g. Marking out, drilling, turning, milling and grinding. Learn to programme, setup and use CNC Machining Centres. The student will also have practical exposure to various welding and joining processes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Comply with workshop safety regulations.
LO2 Identify and use marking out tools, handtools, measuring equipment, and perform a range of machine operations to produce a given project to specific tolerances.
LO3 Apply knowledge of welding process selection and capabilities.
LO4 Describe the principles of automated manufacturing processes. Setup and use CNC Machining Centre.
LO5 Programme CNC Machines using ISO/Heidenhain controllers.
LO6 Select and apply appropriate methhodologies to quality control and inspection of welded joints.
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).
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.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
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
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 and counter-sinking.
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
Use of vertical milling machines, correct set-up and the secure clamping of work piece, correct speed and feed selection.
Thermal cutting.
Demonstration of thermal cutting processes oxy-fuel gas & plasma arc.
Application of Welding
Selection of welding processes for joining materials. Advantages and limitations of welding as a joining process.
Welding Design
Welding design. Welding joints and symbols. Reasons for joint preparation. Selection of joint form with reference to materials, process and component assembly. Selection of weld filler metals and their classification. Factors affecting choice. Electrode coatings and classification. Fatigue failure in welded components and fatigue life improvement techniques.
Effects of welding on metals
Distortion and residual stresses set up by welding and the control of same. Grain structure changes and the consequences on the mechanical properties.
Quality Control
Testing and inspection of welds by destructive and non destructive means such as visual inspection, radiography, ultrasonics and dye penetrants. Welding procedure and welder qualification tests.
Welding Practical Programme
The student will be exposed to the practical welding of various metals using a number of processes such as MMA, MAGS, TAGS etc.
CNC Programming
Write and Simulate CNC programmes on CNC Controllers, ISO/Heidenhain Languages, Absolute/Incremental, Cartesian/Polar, Speeds/Feeds, Programme Section Repeats, Canned Cycles.
CNC Machine Centre.
Operation of CNC Machining Centres, Programme Input/Editing, Machine Initialisation, Tool Length Offset, Origin Setting, Speeds/Feeds setting, Automatic Machining.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Safety Report 1 10.0 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Precision Engineering Projects 1,2 40.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation CNC Engineering Project 1 1,4,5 20.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Welding Test and inspection 3,6 30.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Mechanical Workshop 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Welding Workshop 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Study 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Lawrence Smyth, Liam Hennessy 1996, New Engineering Eechnology, Educational Company Walkinstown [ISBN: 9780861674480]
  • Davies 1994, Welding Science and Technology Vols. 1 & 2, 10th Ed., Cambridge University Press
  • Michael Fitzpatrick 2013, Machining and CNC Technology, 3rd Edition Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 0077805410 / 9780077805418]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory

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