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Effective Term:
Fall 2021 through Spring 2022
Course Number:
MT 150
Course Title:
Hand Tools for Assembly of Mechanical Systems
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Provides an introduction to and an opportunity to use basic hand tools and measurement devices used for assembly of mechanical and high vacuum systems in a non-destructive environment. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use hand tools to properly and safely assemble and disassemble mechanical and high vacuum fittings.
  • Use measurement tools to determine the dimensions of an object and its leveling.
  • Differentiate various threaded fasteners types.
  • Follow a procedure and/or checklist to perform basic industry preventative maintenance involving mechanical disassembly and assembly using fasteners.

Course Activities and Design

The course will include instructor delivered lectures and demonstrations stressing key topics in the course. Students will perform individual and team-based activities/evolutions during class time. Students may perform independent research, preventative maintenance, and trouble-shooting in class. Students may be required to come to the lab before/after class to work in groups on equipment as part of homework. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment of student performance in this course will be in the form of class participation, quizzes, exams and in-class lab performance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Safety while using hand tools. Introduction to Lockout/Tagout.
  2. Proper use of hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.
  3. Measurement tools such as a level, feeler gauge, and/or ruler to determine how level an object is.
  4. Measure dimensions of an object correctly using machinist’s rulers, calipers, and micrometers.
  5. Differentiate various threaded fasteners types based on application, head shape, screw drive type, and grade.
  6. Understand different designations for threaded fasteners, both imperial and metric.
  7. Demonstrate proper use of torque wrenches and tightening of fasteners to correctly join parts in a mechanical system.
  8. Explain the function of washers used in conjunction with threaded fasteners.  Identify commonly used types.
  9. Explain threaded fastener locking or retention mechanisms. Identify commonly used types.
  10. Explain common interference fit mechanisms (such as press fitting, shrink and expansion fits, snap fits, and retaining rings). Introduction to reference charts/tables.
  11. Demonstrate proper removal of damaged fasteners.
  12. Removing stripped/frozen/damaged screws, Thread repair, Cutting threads with taps and dies, Helicoils
  13. Learn how to disassemble and assemble various mechanical fittings. 
  14. Learn how to disassemble and assemble various vacuum fittings.  Use this task to practice the fastener skills above in the labs.