Introduction to Manufacturing Processes

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 110

       Course Name: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Working knowledge of basic electricity and some basic physics background.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines the basic manufacturing processes from product design through production and quality testing. Content includes: design for manufacturing, concurrent design, constraint management, measurement tools, blueprint reading, CNC machine set-up, CNC machine programming (lathe and mill), rapid prototyping, and quality control using geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). This is a hands-on, team based, class design to give students an overview of the processes used to design and manufacture complex products.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    Students will be able to read a blue print and understand the dimensioning details needed for building a CNC program including where the datum points are.
2.    Students will be able to explain how the application of CNC machines has impacted manufacturing.
3.    Student will be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of using CNC machining in a manufacturing environment.
4.    Students will be able to identify the major axis of a CNC machine and identify where the program zero point should be for any given project.
5.    Students will be able to program simple lathe and mill parts requiring notches, radius edges, drill hole patterns, part profiles, and pocket milling. Programs will be generated using “G” and “M” codes.
6.    Students will be able to read a detailed blue print, pick the tooling necessary for machining, create the program to build the part, and be able to QC the finished part using micrometers, calipers and other specialized measurement equipment.
7.    Students will be able to look at a potential product and decide how to design the parts for manufacturability, and understand how the elements of constraint management limit the assembly process.

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

Manufacturing processes:
Concurrent product design, Constraint management, Scheduling and utilization of machines, Lean manufacturing.

Blue print reading:
Drawing layouts, Title blocks, Dimensioning systems, GD&T symbols, Measurement tools, Revision note systems.

CNC Machines:
History of CNC, Lathe machines, Milling machines, Wire EDM machines, Cartesian coordinate systems, Types of tooling used.

CNC Programming:
Codes for program startup, Lathe “G” & “M”codes, Mill “G” & “M” codes, “M” codes, Tooling set-up, Speed and feed rates, Machine maintenance.

Machine Operation:
Understanding the control panel, Loading programs, Dry running programs, Analyzing cutting performance problems, Quality control testing of final part.

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

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts. Late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.

Grading Scale:
A:  90 – 100
B:  80 – 89
C:  70 – 79
D:  60 – 69
F:  59 & below
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.