Module Title:Mechanical Workshop
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, demonstrations, research, project work and some study will be used to ensure the student has a wide range of experiences.
Module Aim: To introduce students to the basic principles of • Good workshop practices • Manufacturing technology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the correct safety procedures in accordance with the latest Health and Safety Act.
LO2 Describe the correct procedures for the use of measuring instrumentation, preparation and marking out raw materials, use of hand tools and fabrication of engineering components.
LO3 Identify the fundamental principles of metal removal, describe cutter tool nomenclature and perform basic engineering calculations leading to metal removal.
LO4 Select appropriate materials for various industrial applications and engineering components.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
o Identification of hazards and dangers in the workshop environment. o Health and safety at work. o Current Health and Safety Act. o Employer and employee responsibilities. o Machine guarding. o Manual lifting techniques. o Equipment for lifting heavy loads. o Fire drills and precautions. o Fire regulations. o Extinguishers types and operation.
Heat Treatment of Mild Steels
o Properties of medium to high carbon steels. o Heat treatment of medium to high carbon steel.
Use of hand tools
o Scriber, square, ruler, jennies, callipers, thread gauge, feeler gauge, radius gauge, files, punches, hammer, hacksaw, chisel,
o Gauging and measuring. o Use of Vernier callipers, micrometers, height gauges, depth gauges, dial test indicators. o Use and care of slip gauges, sine bar, angular slip gauges, Vernier callipers, precision balls and rollers.
Fabrication and assembly
o Design of components. o Interpretation of drawings. o Jointing methods. o Permanent joints e.g. riveting, soldering, brazing, silver soldering, gas welding, manual metal arc welding, adhesive bonding. o Semi-permanent joints e.g. locking devices, screwed fastenings, keys, dowels and circlips
Computer numerical control
o Applications, advantages and limitations. o Control systems, data input, part programming, tool offsets and cutter compensation.
Machine tools and accessories
o Introduction and safe operation of drilling machines, centre lathes, and milling machines. o Practical demonstration of CNC machines. o Practical demonstration of surface, cylindrical and off-hand grinding machines. o Component indexing using the dividing head for Gear and Spline Cutting
Forming Processes
o Sand, die and investment casting. o Cold rolling and wire drawing. o Hot rolling, forging, extrusion and upsetting. o Injection and compression moulding. o Polymer materials and behaviour of same
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other • Carry out an inspection of an engineering facility and write a report on safety. • A number of written examinations will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes. • MCQs. 1,2,3,4 40.00 Every Second Week
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation • Sketch free-hand a number of hand tools. • Use balls and rollers and the appropriate measuring tools to calculate various dimensions of machined components. • Carry out a project on each of the following: • Lathe work, drilling, tapping and screwing, heat treatment, casting, soldering, brazing, welding, forging, gear cutting, fabrication, milling exercise. • Strip down a small component and describe how it works. • End of term practical exam - Christmas & Summer 1,2,3,4 60.00 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Laboratory Every Week 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 2.50
Tutorial Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory