This course is geared toward students who are interested in hands-on problem solving projects related to crafting and/or manufacturing products with a material focus on wood. Students will experience product development with different machine, power, and hand tools from an existing or self created design. Students will be exposed to knowledge about manufacturing processes with wood, metal, and plastic.
Students who are interested in enrolling in this class are interested in a trade, physical and/or graphic art, product design, manufacturing and/or engineering.
Note to future engineers, artists, and designers; companies and universities are looking for students with hands-on design and building experiences with various tools and materials rather than students with just book knowledge and computer skills.
Level 1 & 2: are both introductory levels for students who have little or no experience in the planning and building of homemade wooden projects. In level 1, the emphasis is placed on a variety of both machines and hand operations. All students in level 1 will make the same basic projects in order to gain an understanding of how wood can be used in future “handyman” projects. Level 2 students review much of what is learned in level 1 with the exception that the students will be involved in the design options of the assigned projects. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.
Level 3: is a permission only course (see prerequisites). In this level, the students will design and build either a small table or cabinet (drafting skills are mandatory). A good understanding of wood joinery and machine operations is a must for this course along with the ability to stay on task and work through a long-range project. Good work habits, craftsmanship, and an outside research report are also a requirement. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.
Level 4 & 5: are both permission only courses (see prerequisites). Before registering for this course, the student should submit to the instructor a detailed plan of the project(s) that the student will be building (e.g. detailed sketches of projects with joinery details, drafted working drawings if possible, and a preliminary material list and cost). This level will require great deal of independent study and utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship. A daily log is required because a written report and oral presentation will be required at the end of each term. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.
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