Process and Materials

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MEC 105

       Course Name: Process and Materials

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers properties of materials including plastics and decomposites, ceramics, and metals. Processes discussed include molding, machining, forming and joining operations. Non-traditional methods such as EDM, stereolithography, and abrasive cutting are presented. Course may include plant tours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The goal of the course is to instruct students in the characteristics of materials and corresponding manufacturing processes.  Students will learn to select proper machines and operations necessary for manufacturing of parts meeting the design criteria.

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. Manufacturing processes
  2. Characteristics of Materials
  3. Production of Ferrous Metals
  4. Production of Nonferrous Metals
  5. Foundry Processes
  6. Special Casting Processes
  7. Heat Treatment
  8. Powder Metallurgy
  9. Inspection of Quality Control
  10. Hot working of Metals
  11. Cold working of Metals
  12. Press Work
  13. Basic Machine - Tool Elements
  14. Numerical Control
  15. Metal Cutting
  16. Turning Machines
  17. Drilling and Boring Machines
  18. Milling Machines and Cutters
  19. Shapers and Planers
  20. Sawing and Broaching Machines
  21. Grinding Machines and Abrasives
  22. Gears and Gear-Cutting Machines
  23. Thread and Thread Cutting
  24. Electroforming and Special Processes
  25. Plastics
  26. Welding and Joining

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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.