Unit 7: Machining and Processing of Eng. Materials

Unit code                           A/615/1481

Unit level                           QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value                       15


Practical articles that we see and use every day such as automobiles, aircraft, trains, and even the cans we use to store our food, came from the ideas and visions of engineers and designers. The production of these articles is based on well-established production processes, machines and materials.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the application of a variety of material forming processes involved in the production of components and articles for everyday use. Among the topics included in this unit are: conventional machining, shaping and moulding processes used in the production of components, machine tooling, jigs and fixtures required to support the manufacture of components, using metallic and non-metallic materials such as polymers and composites.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to describe moulding, shaping and forging manufacturing processes, explain the importance of material selection, and summarise the impact machining processes have on the physical properties of a component.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explore the conventional machining and forming processes and their application in the production of engineered components.

  2. Explain how component materials, metals and non-metals, affect the selection of the most appropriate machining or forming process.
  3. Identify the most appropriate machine tooling, jigs and fixtures to support the production of an engineered component.
  4. Identify the most appropriate moulding and shaping process used to produce a range of metal and non-metal engineered components.