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MFGT-112 - Machining 1 - Gregory Poteat

Course:Machining 1
Professor:Gregory Poteat
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Greg Poteat Faculty Photo at NASA JSC Saturn V

My name is Greg Poteat, and I welcome you to an exploration of what it takes to use traditional and advanced machining processes to make precision hardware.

I am a retired career NASA civil servant prototype machinist who has spent the last 11 years teaching at the College of the Canyons, sharing my experiences as a way to offer insight to the many possible career paths that can all be more enriched by knowing what it takes to speak the language of the manufacturing professional: from the person on the shop floor to the manufacturing engineer and everything in between.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to basic machine tool practices as they relate to common manufacturing operations. After learning to interpret requirements that are provided in engineering drawings, the student will use semi precision & precision methods to measure, cut, and drill common metals to match those specifications. Emphasis will be placed on the care and safe use of related hand tools and machine shop equipment.

What to Expect in this Course

We meet on campus live and in person on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at all times following CDC and Los Angeles County health guidelines to reduce potential exposure to Covid-19 and any other contagious diseases. This will provide the necessary means to gain the tactile experience that I feel are critical to the mastery of the subject matter.

Types of Assessments

All examination, homework, and in class assignments will be graded on a point system. There will be a comprehensive final exam and a final project. The total possible points will be weighted as follows:

  • Homework & Quizzes 25%
  • Exams 25%
  • Assigned projects 25%
  • Final Exam 25%

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Precision Machining Technology, 3rd Edition, by Peter Hoffman/Eric Hopewell, 2019; ISBN 978-1-3377-9530-2

Other Relevant Course Information

It is extremely important that you keep up with all your work assignments, attend all class meetings, and communicate often.

  • Come to class! We will maximize the opportunity for hands-on learning that can be accomplished during our class time together.
  • Participate and collaborate with others often, including outside of class time, so that you may learn from each other. 
  • Ask questions, and do not be afraid to be wrong about something.
  • Plan time each day to complete work and study for this class (you need to make a schedule).
  • As the instructor becomes more capable you can expect announcements in canvas, but please use the opportunity to attend the available office hours.

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Last updated: 02/09/2023 Sub#: 1458