TAGD-160: Press Working Fundamentals

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Graphic Design
Course Number
Course Title
Press Working Fundamentals
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAGD-130 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Discusses basic metal deformation theory, presses and ancillary equipment, die construction, and die component identification. Covers various die types and draws the various detail components using both traditional and computer-aided drafting.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Stress/strain relationships.
  2. Press working forces.
  3. Mechanical presses.
  4. Mechanical press driving mechanisms and number of actions.
  5. Special presses and equipment.
  6. Die shoes, guide pins, and heels.
  7. Punches, buttons, and punch holders.
  8. Backing plates, risers, and cutting steels.
  9. Composite steels and trimming die cutters.
  10. Forming steels, bending, curling, and beading.
  11. Forming steels, flanging, and side movement control.
  12. Large area deformation of metals and drawing.
  13. Draw die punches.
  14. Progressive dies.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Describe metal deformation.
  • Explain the use of strain/stress diagrams of various metals.*
  • Utilize various drawings of example objects to develop spatial relationships.
  • Visualize and explain the die assembly and motion of it.*
  • Interpret actual industrial drawings of die assemblies.*
  • Utilize actual dies that have been manufactured in other classes as drawing projects for this class.
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final examination that assesses the learning of all course objectives  This exam must be weighted in a manner so that the exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final course grade.  This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAGD 160.

    General Course Requirements and Recommendations

    The student will be required to bring the drafting equipment used in previous  drafting courses.


    Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    AALC Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date