MECH308 – Machining

Module code
Module title
To provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage machining parameters in order to perform basic machining operations.
  • TC1701
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Explain and perform basic machining operations under supervision.
Explain and apply cutting tool characteristics to practical problems.
Explain the applications of different cutting conditions.
Work to acceptable standards by utilizing simple inspection methods during manufacturing operations.
-Basic lathe operations (turning, boring, threading, hole making operations)
-Basic milling operations (face milling, end milling, hole making operations)
-Cutting tool types and nomenclature
-Manipulating cutting conditions
-Basic part inspection methods including fixed gauges and precision measuring tools
-Damage minimisation practices
-Quality systems
-Safe working practices when working with equipment
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The primary method of delivering the learning material is Project-based Learning. The teaching and learning material may incorporate workshop activities, laboratory tasks, lectures, online research, training videos, tutor directed learning, student managed learning, individual and group work.

Assessments will be a mix of formal and informal, conducted in group and individual settings. Observational assessments will also be used where appropriate.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.

Over the course of a series of projects, it is anticipated that students will develop the skills and knowledge to meet or exceed the learning outcomes. These projects will provide the students with the opportunity to progressively develop their confidence and proficiency.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Relevant topics from the following resources:
-Basic Machining Reference Handbook by Arthur R. Meyers, Thomas J. Slattery
-Machining Technology: Machine Tools and Operations by Helmi A. Youssef, Hassan El-Hofy
-Basic Lathework for Home Machinists by Stan Bray
-Machining fundamentals: from Basic to Advanced Techniques by Walker, John R.