MAC090 - Machine Shop

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Subject Title
Machine Shop

Subject Description
This course prepares students to work in modern machine shops. Skills and knowledge of metal cutting are achieved by completing a wide variety of practically-based projects. Students complete a series of modules. Modules increase in complexity as learner progress through program. This subject is offered in a self-paced individualized learning mode that allows students to work at their own pace, while working one-on-one with their instructor. Students gain milling, turning, grinding, drilling and bench-work experience. A minimum of 800 hours of instruction are required to complete this subject.

Students are responsible for determining their eligibility to write government tests and exams. The College has no jurisdiction over related apprenticeship profiles, curriculum or examinations. Please consult your local apprenticeship office for more information or advice on how this program may fit into your career plans.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Machine Shop Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  2. Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as college’s organizational practices and procedures 
  3. Read and Interpret engineering drawings to identify dimensions and tolerances, machine surface designations and /or allowances, type of work piece material and any other information needed to plan for the machining job.
  4. Perform routine technical measurements accurately using both basic metric and imperial measuring instruments and equipment.
  5. Troubleshoot and solve standard mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanic.
  6. Identify and use layout tools.
  7. Safely perform various bench and machining operations using lathes, mills and grinders.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12 English and Mathematics), or mature student status (age 19 or over). Students should have completed MTH100, ABP094, or equivalent, subject/proven industrial experience, and/or permission of the faculty.

Topic Outline

  • Protect Self and Others
  • Plan and Prepare for Machining Job 
  • Perform Dimensional and /or Surface Verification
  • Perform Bench Work
  • Perform Sawing
  • Perform Drilling
  • Perform Machine Grinding
  • Perform Milling
  • Perform Lathe Work
  • Horizontal Surface Grinder
  • Grinding Tools
  • Measurement
  • Band Sawing
  • Safety

Mode of Instruction
Students are taught as individuals at their own level of competence and speed as well as in groups, allowing them to progress at their own pace. Marks are awarded based on the final inspection of project from respective modules. A guest speaker assists students to explore emerging technologies as well as how their skills will be applied in the workplace.

Prescribed Texts
Precision Machining Technology, SI Edition, by Hoffman, Hopewell, Janes, Sharp Jr. Delmar Cengage Learning-Nelson Education Ltd. ISBN: 1133949975 | 9781133949978, 3/19/2013 © 2014 1st Edition

Reference Material
Online, Seneca College Blackboard Learning

Required Supplies
All students must wear safety glasses and safety shoes or boots while in the shop. This requirement is mandatory and consistent with safe practice. Anyone not having the mandatory requirements will be asked to leave the shop. Safety glasses are to have non-tinted lenses.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.Promotion Policy

As stated in the Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all components of the program in order to graduate.
For further information or evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.    

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Project Inspection

Please Note
While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will extend the time required to complete this program. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Project Work 100%
(Final projects are inspected and graded)

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle