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Rocklin: Metal Fabrication 101

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Metal Fabrication 101 is your introduction to the use of our metal fabrication tool bench. The tools include a lathe, milling machine, drill presses, shear, brake, and numerous hand tools. Attendees will perform setup, machining, and troubleshooting operations to gain confidence.  All users of the metal fabrication tool bench are required to take this introductory course.

How will this class be structured?

Members will learn how to safely setup, operate, and troubleshoot the HackerLab metal fabrication tools. These include drill press, lathe, milling machine, shear, brake, and numerous hand tools. Attendees will learn to safely perform fundamental operations on these machines to gain confidence and control.


  1. Safety Hazards, Precautions, and Requirements
  2. Liability Waiver

Tool Bench Usage & Operation:

  1. Drill Press, Lathe, and Milling Machine Applications
  2. Properties of  Materials Suitable for Machining
  3. Material Hold Down  Methods and Considerations
  4. Tool Bit Selection and Mounting
  5. Speed  and Feed Considerations
  6. Cutting Lubrication and Cooling Needs
  7. Operational  Demonstrations
  8. Hands-On Exercises
  9. Basic Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  10. Overview Available Machine and Hand Support Tools
  11. Resources for Educational Material and Tooling
  12. Clean-Up Protocols
  13. Q&A – Next Steps, Classes etc.

What to Wear/Bring?

  1. Closed Toed Shoes
  2. Notebook and Writing Instrument
  3. Flash Drive to Download Manuals and other Resources

What will students get out of this class?

Members successfully completing this introductory course will be able to safely perform basic machine and hand tool operations using the metal working tool bench under some safety supervision.

About Steve Hunter

I am a retired Sierra College professor with over 35 years teaching in the career and technical education field. I am also a consultant in the area of mechatronics which includes the integrated fields of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical/electronic, and microcontroller/PLCs with over 40 years of experience.