Basic Print Reading and Shop Theory
I. Course Prefix/Number: MFG 102
Course Name: Basic Print Reading and Shop Theory
Credits: 4 (4 lecture)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course provides general shop training. Content includes study of machine shop theory with focus on reading machine prints and how to use measurement devices. Course meets requirements of classroom related theory for the apprentice machinist, mold maker, tool and die maker, model maker, and inspector. Course contains a module on GD&T symbols and how to interpret them. Completion of course with minimum grade of C should enable student to interpret prints used in industry.
IV. Learning Objectives
In order to be productive in the mechanical trade, everyone must be able to interpret piece part prints and tool drawings. The goal of this class is to prepare the student to excel in reading drawings.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Prints - Types of prints
- Object Representation - Sketching - Pictorials
Lines - Surfaces
Symbols - Print Reading
- Geometric Dimensions & Tolerances - Terminology - Features
Datums - Modifiers
- Shop Math - General Discussion and use with drawings
- Threads & Fasteners - Terms - Forms
Designations - Rivets
Fasteners - Locators
- Sectional Views - Cutting Plane -
Full - Half Sections
Offset - Broken out
Revolved - Removed Sections
Auxiliary and Thin Sections
- Auxiliary Views - Projection - Primary
Partial - Secondary
- Detail & Assembly Prints - Detail Prints
Forging - Welding
Stamping - Machining
- Machined Features - Material - Properties
Forming - Processes
- Gears & Cams - Gears - Terminology
Cams - Terminology
- Numerical Control - Functions - Commands
- Final Examination & Workbook Evaluation
VII. Methods of Instruction
Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.
The students progress at their own pace depending on their background. It is the only MTA class that uses this workbook approach, due to the varied background of the students. There will be a short lecture on the assigned chapter then the instructor will be available for individual help and guidance. The workbooks will be audited weekly. Review nights are intended to be used by the students to insure their progress is on target. There will be a library night and a required term paper f two typed pages on a related topic.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Oral presentations
- Computer Use
- Lab practices
- Fieldwork & Field Trips
IX. Instructional Materials
Textbook: Statics and Strength of Materials, by C.O. Harris, John Wiley and Sons
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Instruction will be in a lecture/lab format with time in class to work on projects and homework assignments. Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course any late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.
A 90% -
F Below 60%
XI. Other Course Information
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.