Machine Shop Safety Rules, Grading, and Expectations

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    Safety Rules

    1. Safety is continuously stressed for your benefit. Try seriously and earnestly to avoid all possibility of accidents. Think before doing; be careful, thoughtful, and considerate of your wellbeing and of those around you.
    2. Observe all rules of conduct; running, ganging up, shouting, whistling, or any form of boisterousness are distracting to all and are not tolerated.
    3. OSHA approved safety glass are required by law to be worn in all shops at all times. They are more comfortable than a hot chip burn or a more serious eye injury.
    4. Do not wear loose or ragged clothing when working on or around machinery. Keep clothes buttoned or otherwise fastened. Long loose hair must be tied up and off collar, long finger nails, dangling pendants or loose bracelets are dangerous, obviously for the same reason are not allowed. Gloves are never worn while operating machinery!
    5. Machine shop floors are inherently slippery; spilled or imbedded oil, metal chips, coolant all present hazards. Therefore, steel toe shoes with oil resistant soles are mandatory!
    6. Never operate a machine unless you have been thoroughly trained and checked off on by your instructor. If you are not certain of a machines operation, ask for help, do not experiment.
    7. Before starting a machine, be sure all guards are in place, whenever they are removed for adjustment or repair, be sure to replace them when you are finished. Lubricate the machine prior to operating; unsafe conditions may be spotted at this time. Any loose mechanical or electrical connections should be reported at once. Be sure work and cutting tools are mounted securely. Be prepared to stop machines, especially during the setup stage. All feed levers should be checked with cutting tools away from work before proceeding. Hand feed and dry runs to reacquaint yourself with your machine should be standard procedure. Keep fingers or rags away from moving parts. Do not lean on machinery!
    8. If two or more students are assigned to a machine, only one person operates all the controls at a time.
    9. If it becomes necessary to look away from your machine or take your attention from it for any reason, STOP the machine, do not go away and leave it running.
    10. Checking the finish or taking measurements while the machine is running is dangerous and should never be done.
    11. Never oil, clean, wipe-down, repair, or adjust machinery while it is in motion.
    12. Do not use your hands to stop a machine or moving parts. (Lathe or drill chucks)
    13. Use a brush, not your hands, to clean chips away from machines.
    14. Keep machines clear of tools while machine is in operation. Minimize clutter by returning tools after each operation.
    15. Ask for assistance when lifting stock or machine tool accessories. More hands lessen the load per student. Stock should be carried with the leading end up and the trailing end toward the floor.
    16. Clean up any oil or coolant spillage at once.
    17. Use the correct type and size tool for the job. Be sure it is clean and if it is a cutting tool, it should be sharp.
    18. Use the correct wrench for the job. Always pull toward you to tighten or loosen.
    19. Always clean tools and return them to their proper places.
    20. Files should never be used without a securely fastened handle. Observe caution near lathe chuck jaws. Files are brittle and should never be used as hammers!
    21. Report all tool damage to your instructor immediately

    Remember; there is not a machine built that cannot be duplicated, except the human machine. You came into this world complete try to leave it the same way. If you are forced to make a choice between you or a machine, DO NOT HESITATE… We can get another machine!

    It pays dividends to stop a moment and think; a moment of haste or carelessness may cause a lifetime of regret!


    Each assignment will be given a point value.  Your grade will be determined by dividing the points you earn on each assignment by the total point value of the assignment.  Example:  You earn 48 points on a 50 point value assignment.  Your grade would be 42/50=96% A.  The district grading scale is printed in your school handbook.  All work should have your name (top left), name of the assignment (top right), and the date in the top center of the assignment.  

    Classroom Participation: 25%

    Students follow the rules and expectations of the classroom. Students will also participate in classroom discussion.

    Quizzes: 15%

    Quizzes will be assigned as hands on demonstration or as written quizzes relating to current units of study.

    Tests: 25%

    Tests will be given as written tests relating to current and previous topics.

    Homework / Classwork: 20 %

    Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class the next day or the due date if it is a longer term assignment. Homework is to be done at home and not during class will in lecture. Students will be informed when they can do homework in class.

    Notebook: 15%

    Students are required to bring a 3 ring binder to class every day and store all handouts in protective plastic sheets.  

    Final Exams:  

    The written exam will consist of multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank questions short answer and essay questions.


    Attendance is crucial, as certain instruction cannot be duplicated.. However, due to school activities, general illness and appointments, students will have to be out of class. Because of this, periodically through the grading period, ‘Supplemental assignments have been incorporated into the schedule to give students an opportunity to supplement points they have missed in the lab. All work to be made up is the responsibility of the student.  


    1. Have RESPECT for yourselves, each other, the teacher, and guests. This means paying attention to those who are speaking, and being polite to anyone in our classroom.
      • I respect each of you as a young adult. You should feel free to come to me with questions or concerns about the material without expecting to be ridiculed or criticized.
    2. Make an EFFORT to do your best on every assignment.   Completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions, and studying hard show me that you care about your education. Coming to class prepared each day is a step in the right direction. You will be amazed at what this can do for your grades.
      • I will not give you work beneath your abilities and I will help you reach new levels of achievement. I will keep in mind your needs, abilities, and interests when developing lessons and activities for the class.
    3. Be HERE, Be ON TIME and TURN IN ALL GRADED ASSIGNMENTS (That includes Homework!). Students who attend class regularly and arrive on time tend to do better work and understand more. Poor attendance causes students to miss lab work that is hard to or impossible to recreate.
      • I will be on time to class and to any meetings we have with each other. In cases of absences, you need to ask me for your make-up work and I will review the missed materials with you.  I do not like to see 0 in my grade book.  I will bug you to turn in all work. There is no excuse for not turning in work

    General Expectations

    • If you need help, ASK FOR IT!
    • Think before you act.
    • Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times.
    • Always be willing to help those around you.
    • Clean your area every day. Take responsibility for your own actions.
    •  While you are with a substitute teacher, you will follow the rules that you follow when I am here.
    • Always behave in a professional manner inside and outside of the classroom
    • No roughhousing. Keep your hands to yourself at all times.
    • When you have a question, feel free to call my name when you raise your hand.
    • Please do not talk while I am talking!
    • Act as if you are on the job. I do not want to hear ‘I’m not getting paid for this.’ You are earning a valuable skill that many people pay to learn and many college credits which will save you thousands of dollars.
    • Have pride in your work.
    • No opened food or drink allowed in the classroom.