Basic Print Reading and Shop Theory

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 102

       Course Name: Basic Print Reading and Shop Theory

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture)

II.    Prerequisite


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

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. Prints - Types of prints
    Conventional Drawings
    Computer-Aided Design
    Print Layout
  2. Object Representation - Sketching - Pictorials
    Lines - Surfaces
    Symbols - Print Reading
  3. Geometric Dimensions & Tolerances - Terminology - Features
    Datums - Modifiers
  4. Shop Math - General Discussion and use with drawings
  5. Threads & Fasteners - Terms - Forms
    Designations - Rivets
    Pins Keys
    Fasteners - Locators
  6. Sectional Views - Cutting Plane -
    Full - Half Sections
    Offset - Broken out
    Revolved - Removed Sections
    Auxiliary and Thin Sections
  7. Auxiliary Views - Projection - Primary
    Partial - Secondary
    Auxiliary Views
  8. Detail & Assembly Prints - Detail Prints
    Pattern making
    Forging - Welding
    Stamping - Machining
    Assembly Prints
  9. Machined Features - Material - Properties
    Forming - Processes
    Heat Treatment
  10. Gears & Cams - Gears - Terminology
    Cams - Terminology
  11. Numerical Control - Functions - Commands
  12. 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

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Mathematics
  5. Computer Use
  6. Lab practices
  7. Fieldwork & Field Trips

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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% -
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%
Attendance 10%

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

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.