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Machine Tool Operations

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 4 Credits
  • 02/09/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020


This course will inform students of the machine tool principles used in industry.  Safety, measurement, and procedures will be used to complete projects.  A working knowledge of hand and machine tools is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. (F, Sp)


Prerequisite Courses: None
Placement Scores: Reading Level 3 and Writing Level 4 and (Math Level 4 or (minimum 2.0 in MATH 105 or MATH 106))

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Course Topics

  1. Safety and Maintenance
  2. Measurements and Machine Tool Math
  3. Bench Work
  4. Cut-Off Saws and Bandsaws
  5. Drills and Drill Presses
  6. Pedestal Grinder and Sander
  7. Milling Machines/Operations
  8. Lathes/Operations
  9. Precision Grinding

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 

  1. Practice Safety and Maintenance
    1. Perform housekeeping, and practice maintenance and safety procedures, in all LCC laboratories and with all LCC equipment, according to published LCC Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department standards and according to equipment manufacturer's specifications.
    2. Apply safety rules used in a machine shop.
    3. Explain lockout/tagout procedures.
  2. Semi-Precision/Precision Measurement and Machine Tool Math
    1. Identify and describe the function of a variety of specific measuring instruments.
    2. Use precision and semi-precision measuring instruments to a given accuracy.
    3. Perform part layout with hand tools
    4. Apply layout die.
    5. Scribe layout lines onto a piece of metal using hand tools.
  3. Bench Work
    1. Use the following hand and bench tools:
      1. Files, file cards, and deburring tools.
      2. Hand threading with tap and die.
      3. Bench vise.
      4. Free hand saws.
      5. Arbor press to insert bushings, bearings, and pins.
      6. Broach internal keyways.
  4. Cut-Off Saws and Bandsaws
    1. Operate cut-off and band saws.
    2. Identify various types of metal cutting saws.
    3. Identify function and purpose of cut-off and band saws.
    4. Select the blade to use for cutting various cross sections.
    5. Remove section of material from part stock using a vertical band saw.
    6. Remove and replace saw blades in a horizontal and vertical band saw.
    7. Demonstrate how to coil a band saw blade.
    8. Weld band saw blades.
    9. Adjust tension for a given band saw blade, working conditions, and materials.
    10. Operate sander.
  5. Drills and Drill Presses
    1. Identify the types and purposes of drilling machines.
      1. Identify the different types of drill presses; radial arm and floor.
    2. Operate drilling machines.
      1. Operate a standard drill press.
      2. Select and use drill holding devices; drill chuck and drill sleeves.
      3. Identify and describe the parts of a twist drill.
      4. Describe and use center drills.
      5. Perform drilling, counter bore, countersink, and spot facing operations.
      6. Calculate the RPM for a given size drill.
  6. Pedestal Grinder and Sander
    1. Select and install the proper grinding wheel for safe operation.
    2. Dress grinding wheels.
    3. Properly set tool rest and spark guard.
    4. Sharpen a twist drill using a pedestal grinder.
    5. Set speed.
  7. Milling Machines and Milling Operation
    1. Identify the types and purposes of milling machines.
      1. Identify and describe the four types of milling machines.
      2. Identify and describe the components of a milling machine.
      3. Identify, describe, and apply various types of tooling.
    2. Operate a milling machine.
      1. Mount cutting tools in milling machines.
      2. Align the head of a vertical milling machine.
      3. Mount and align a milling vise on a milling machine.
    3. Set cutting speeds, feeds, and depth of cut.
      1. Calculate cutting speeds, feeds, and depth of cut for milling operations.
      2. Set up and operate boring head.
  8. Lathes and Lathe Operations
    1. Identify types and purposes of lathes.
      1. Identify and describe the components of a lathe.
      2. Identify and describe appropriate use of work holding attachments.
      3. Identify and use different types of tooling.
      4. Remove and mount chucks to spindle.
    2. Operate an engine lathe.
      1. Turn and face to specified dimensions.
      2. Identify, describe, and turn tapers.
      3. Identify and describe a form knurl on a shaft.
      4. Identify and machine grooves in a shaft.
      5. Identify, describe, and perform basic turning operations.
      6. Identify, describe, and cut threads.
    3. Set cutting speeds, feeds, and depth of cut.
  9. Precision Grinding
    1. Identify the types and purposes of precision grinders.
      1. Identify surface and cylindrical grinders.
      2. Identify the operating RPM for grinding wheels.
    2. Operate a surface grinder.
      1. Check a grinding wheel for cracks.
      2. Dress and true a grinding wheel.
      3. Mount a part to the grinding table.
      4. Grind a part to a specified dimension.


Tools, Equipment, or Apparel (required of the student)

Students must provide their own safety glasses and wear hard soled leather shoes when working in the lab.  


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 15-25%
Class Participation 0-10%
Final Exam 10%
Projects 40-60%
Quizzes 20%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available for this class.  This information is provided by the section instructor.


Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Lab Safety Rules

Safety Rules (see complete Safety Rules and Regulations posted in lab)

  1. Leather type shoes are required to protect students (no canvas type or open type shoes will be accepted).
  2. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times.  NO EXCEPTIONS!!
  3. No student to operate equipment without first checking with the instructor.
  4. Students must sweep and clean their work areas before leaving. 

Any student not adhering to the safety rules will not be allowed to participate.