TAMN-120: Machine Tool Applications

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Manufacturing
Course Number
Course Title
Machine Tool Applications
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
TAMA-120 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Presents the mechanisms, operation, tooling, and accessories of the lathe and milling machine. Covers precision measurements and measuring devices, basic machine tool operations, metal cutting theory, cutting tools and cutting tool materials, and cutting fluids. Emphasizes safety protocols in a lab setting.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Outside and inside micrometers: dial bore and height gages.
  2. Angular measurement: tool and techniques of semi-precision layout and precision layout.
  3. Physics of metal cutting: machinability and cutting fluids.
  4. Saws and sawing: drilling machines, drills, and drilling.
  5. High speed steel cutting tools: carbide cutting tools and operating conditions.
  6. Ceramic and cermet: cutting tools - polycrystalline cutting tools.
  7. Engine lathe parts: lathe accessories and safety protocols.
  8. Cutting speeds, feeds, and depth-of-cut: lathe centers.
  9. Facing between centers: facing operations, turning between centers, turning operations, and special lathe operations.
  10. Tapers and taper turning: additional lathe accessories.
  11. Threads and thread cutting: additional lathe machining.
  12. Milling machines and accessories: milling cutters.
  13. Cutting speeds and feeds: milling machine setups.
  14. Vertical milling machines: dividing heads.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of precision measuring devices and precision layout techniques.*
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of basic machine tools (saws, drills, and grinders) and their safe and efficient operation.*
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of commonly utilized cutting tools and their recommended applications.*
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of intermediate machine tools (lathes and mills) and their safe and efficient operation.*
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.  Final grade will be a combination of quiz grades and attendance.


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


    Effective Term
    Fall 2014