Machine tools

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Specific Objectives

By the end of the sub-module, the trainee should be able to:

  1. describe machine tools
  2. classify machine tools


Description of machine tools Machine tools

  • lathe machine
  • milling machine
  • shaping machine

State the related safety rules of machine tools


Specific Objectives

By the end of the sub-module unit, the trainee should be able to:

  1. identify machine tools
  2. perform simple tasks on the lathe
  3. produce flat surfaces on the shaping machine
  4. observe related safety rules of the machine tools


Identification of machine tools in mechanical engineering workshop Lathe machine

  • turning
  • facing
  • drilling
  • boring

Milling machine

  • setting upwork
  • moving table/work past cutter

Shaping machine

  • holding work on chuck
  • reciprocating ram head/cutter


Ability to:

  • Turn, drill, face and bore on the lather machine
  • Cut plane surfaces on the milling machine.
  • Obtain flat surfaces using the shaping machine

Suggested Teaching/Learning Activities

  • Demonstrations
  • Practices projects
  • Field visits

Suggested Teaching/Learning Resources

  • Textbooks
  • Charts
  • Manuals

Suggested Assessment Methods

  • Oral tests
  • Project/practical tests
  • Written tests