Engineering & Machining Design


Instructor: Mr. Webster

Program Overview

The field of manufacturing. Entering into the Engineering & Machining Design (EMD) program, students learn tasks through theory and shop based lessons such as part layout, bench-work, and use of measuring tools. From there they receive instruction on manual and computer controlled (CNC) machinery and experience using drill presses, milling machines, lathes, precision grinders and CNC equipment. To further diversify a student’s training, the skill of welding (Stick, TIG, and MIG) is added for more employment opportunities after high school.

Along the way, students create shop based projects such as bold gages, C-clamps and steam engine models. Students also work toward NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Certification in several machining areas. With additional post-secondary training, students can use their knowledge to pursue machine design or mechanical engineering.

Skill Alignment Chart (Click to Expand)
Educational & Physical Attributes Expectations
Program Safety & Physical Considerations
  • Safety focus around moving equipment, hand tools & power tools
  • Ability to work independently, read & follow directions
  • Ability to work with potentially toxic fumes in dusty environment
  • Good eye/hand coordination
  • Stamina to stand for long periods of time
  • Problem solving skills
  • Any type of respiratory condition would be a concern
  • Willingness to wear the uniform assigned
Essential APTITUDES for this lab–Recommended Levels
  • Math Skills (emphasis on memorizing fraction–decimal conversions)
  • Reading comprehension & writing skills
  • Science skills
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Finger & manual dexterity
  • Form perception, spatial relationships
  • Troubleshooting
  • Complex problem–solving
  • Time management
  • Explain the main ideas or draw accurate conclusions after reading text
  • Follow a complex multi–step procedure independently
  • Evaluate how key words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts
  • Comprehend written text and apply it to understand tables, charts, and other visuals
  • Learn and apply content–specific symbols and acronyms correctly
  • Apply content–specific vocabulary correctly
  • Identify and explain how different ideas connect throughout text
  • Read and understand diagnostic and schematic data to solve a problem
  • Compare & contrast information in a text
  • Summarize information from different written resources
  • By the end of grades 9–10 & 11–12 read & comprehend technical texts independently & proficiently
  • Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic, task, and audience
  • Produce clear & coherent writing
  • Develop and strengthen writing by brainstorming, revising, editing & rewriting
  • Write with awareness to audience using program–specific vocabulary
  • Write routinely over short/long time frames for a range of tasks, purposes & audiences
  • Clearly convey with precision step–by–step work completed
  • Write fast–paced, accurate work reports and journals
  • Use technology to produce, publish or share writing
Math Levels

    Numbers and Operations:

  • Grade 6 – Fluency in operations with whole numbers and decimals
  • Grade 6 – Fraction computations
  • Grade 6 – Representing negative numbers
  • Grade 6 – Whole number exponents
  • Grade 7 – Fraction to decimal conversion
  • Grade 7 – Percent and ratio problems
  • Grade 8 – Decimals to rational number (fraction) conversion
  • Grade 8 – Estimate the value of irrational numbers.
  • Algebra 1 – Problem solving with real world units, including conversions
  • Measurement:

  • NG – Units: English and Metric Precision: Nearest 0.0001 inch
  • Grade 6 – Unit conversion within and between measuring systems
  • Grade 7 – Area, volume surface area of objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and right prisms
  • Geometric Concepts:

  • Grade 7 – Angle measure problems (supplementary, complementary, adjacent, angles of a triangle, parallel lines cut by transversal)
  • Grade 7 – Scale drawings of geometric figures
  • Grade 8 – Pythagorean Theorem
  • Grade 8 – Transformation properties and showing congruence/similarity
  • Geometry – Transformations in the plane – congruence and similarity
  • Geometry – Trigonometric Ratios and problem solving (includes Pythagorean)
  • Geometry – Scale models and drawings
  • Geometry – Create 3D figures by revolution
  • Geometry – Cross–sections of 3–D figures
  • Geometry – Coordinate geometry
  • Geometry – Study of circles
  • Data and Probability:

  • Grade 6 – Mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, and mean absolute deviation
  • Algebra 1 – Interpret data on various displays – use to make predictions
Theory Time
  • 2.5 hours/week
  • Memorize fraction–decimal conversions
  • Weekly fraction–decimal tests
  • Unit tests
  • Projects that are required of NIMS
POS Academics and Electives Recommended
  • College Prep English and Math are a component of the DCTS program
Study & Other Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer & keyboarding skills
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, time management & critical thinking skills
  • Good attendance
  • Good physical health and neat appearance
  • Memorization & note/test–taking skills
Technology Skills/Knowledge
  • Use and navigate school–issued laptop
  • Web navigation
  • Email management
  • Navigate learning management system and instructional technology tools
  • Video conferencing
Certifications Offered
  • OSHA 10
  • NIMS– National Institute for Metalworking Skill
    • Machining Level I–
    • CNC Mill Operations
    • CNC Milling Programming Setup and Operations
    • CNC Lathe Operations
    • CNC Lathe Programming Setup and Operations
    • Drill Press I
    • Grinding I
    • Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
    • Milling I
    • Measurement, Materials and Safety
    • Turning I (Between Centers)
    • Turning I (Chucking)