Machine Print Reading (offered fall semester only)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 105

       Course Name: Machine Print Reading (offered fall semester only)

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course presents multiview projections; isometrics; scales; standards; free-hand and mechanical drawings; electrical, piping and sheet metal drawings and reading of schematic symbols.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students are expected to learn: 1)  orthographic projections; 2)  sectional and auxiliary views; 3)  detail and assembly drawings; 4)  dimensioning; 5)  thread representation and specification; 6)  callouts for machine processes; 7)  tolerances of position and form; 8)  gears, splines and serration’s; 9)  title block, drawing changes and notes; 10)  freehand drawing; 11)  welding specifications; 12)  electrical diagrams, and 13) instrumentation and control diagrams.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    Blueprints:  The Language of Industry
2.    How to Read the Steel Rule
3.    The Alphabet of Lines
4.    Freehand Technical Sketching
5.    Understanding Orthographic Projection Drawings
6.    Lettering and Dimensioning Freehand Sketches
7.    Auxiliary Views
8.    Detail and Assembly Drawings
9.    Review of Shop Mathematics
10.    Measurement Tools
11.    Dimensions and Tolerances
12.    Sectional Views
13.    Pictorial Drawings
14.    The Title Block
15.    List of Materials
16.    Drawing Notes
17.    The Drawing Change System
18.    Thread Representation and Specification
19.    Specification and Callouts for Machine Processes
20.    Tolerances of Position and Form
21.    Gears, Splines, and Serrations
22.    Reading Numerical Control Documents
23.    Precision Sheet Metal Blueprints
24.    Welding Blueprints
25.    Instrumentation and Control Diagrams

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Primary emphasis is placed on the interpretation of mechanical drawings and diagrams.  Instructions will include solution of workbook problems and construction of simple drawings.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The student is responsible for reading the assigned chapters in the textbook.  Attendance is mandatory. All assignments must be handed in on time.  A grade lower will be given for any assignment not received on the date due.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Blueprint Reading for Industry, by W.C. Brown, The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students are required to solve workbook problems, take three tests and submit a semester project.

XI.   Other Course Information

No makeup quizzes or tests will be given except for cases of extreme illness and with the consent of the instructor. 

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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