Industrial Skills - MSC 124

Course Outline and Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a practical approach to the mechanical and technical skills needed by technicians in a variety of marine related jobs. Topics include industrial safety, measurement systems, hand and power tools, fasteners, corrosion protection, project design, and construction and cost estimation. Upon completion, students should be able to safely use hand and/or power tools and understand a variety of measurement and pricing systems.


  1. The student will be introduced to the principles of industrial safety and demonstrate the ability to apply safe work habits and critical thinking skills.

  2. The student will demonstrate proficiency in the use of basic measuring devices and measurement systems.

  3. The student will demonstrate proficiency in the proper use and care of various hand and power tools.

  4. The student will become familiar with various construction materials (wood, metals, pipe and tubing) and their stock sizes, as well as fastening devices and general hardware used in the marine environment.

  5. The student will become familiar with the skills necessary for completing a working drawing and planning a complete construction project.

  6. The student will become familiar with the needs and benefits of corrosion protection and the application of final finishes.

  7. The student will be introduced to the fundamentals of oxygen cutting and arc welding.

  8. The student will become acquainted with various learning styles and the skills necessary for working within a team.

Course Hours Per Week: Class 1, Lab 4

Course Hours per Semester: 80

Semester Hours Credit: 3

GRADING: A grade for MSC 124 will be based on the following criteria:

20% - Attendance - Perfect attendance will be rewarded and points will be deducted for absences and tardiness. (minus 1.25 pts. per absence and .42 pts. per tardy)

20% - Instructor - General aptitude, effort, interest and attention to various mental and manipulative skills necessary for safe and proper working habits, as observed by the instructor.

40% - Daily grades - Individual student performance on homework, quizzes, tests and projects.

20% - Final Exam - Practical and/or Written

SAFETY NOTE: Due to the nature of this class as well as OSHA guidelines no student will be admitted to this class without proper footgear. (ie. no barefeet, clogs, sandals, or flip-flops). All safety rules must be observed while in class. (ie. safety glasses, dust masks, hearing protection, etc.). Students who ignore or violate the safety requirements will be subject to discipline, which may include dismissal from the course.


I. Introduction (1st. Day Handout/Course Syllabus)

A. Description of course and objectives

B. References required and/or suggested

C. Course requirements

D. Attendance & conduct requirements

E. Grading criteria, system or scale, and definitions

F. Supplies and safety considerations

II. Shop Safety and Accident Prevention

A. Industrial Accidents

1. Causes

2. Prevention

B. Personal Safety- Causes and Prevention

1. Work

2. Home

C. CFCC Shop and Lab Safety Rules

III. Measurement Systems

A. Math Review

1. Fundamental operations with whole numbers

2. Common Fractions and associated operations

3. Operations with Decimals

B. Customary System of Measurements (English Rule)

1. Common fractions

2. Decimal fractions

C. Metric System of Measurements

D. Conversions

1. Factors

2. Tables

E. Measurement Types and Associated Definitions & Formulas

1. Linear Measure

2. Square Measure

3. Cubic Measure

4. Volumes and Capacity

5. Weights

F. Measuring Devices and their Use

IV . Construction Materials and Associated Ordering Information

A. Wood Products

1. Nominal Sizes

2. Actual Sizes

B. Piping and Associated Materials

C. Plastics and Synthetics

D. Textile Materials

E. Paints, Varnishes and Related Liquids

V. Fasteners and Fastening Techniques

A. General Purpose and Woodworking Nails

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

B. General Purpose and Woodworking Screws

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

C. Threaded Fasteners

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

VI. General Purpose Finish Hardware and Associated Applications

A. Hinges

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

B. Door and Cabinet Trim and Locks

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

C. Marine Specialty Hardware

1. Types and Uses

2. Materials and Marine Applications

VII. Planning Project Construction

A. Project Illustration and Detail

1. Working Drawings

a. Orthographic Projections

b. Perspective Drawings

B. Cost Estimations and Ordering Procedures

1. Obtaining Quotations

2. Preparing a Standard Purchase Order

VIII. Hand Tools and Their Proper Use

A. Layout and Measuring Tools

B. Tools for Supporting and Holding Work

C. Screwdrivers, Pliers, Wrenches and etc.

D. Hammering and Percussion Tools

E. Boring Tools

F. Saws, Paring and Shaving Tools

G. Files, Rasps and Abrasive Papers

IX. Portable Power Tools and Their Proper Use

A. Drills

B. Saws

1. Circular Saws

2. Reciprocating Saws

3. Miter and Compound Miter Saws

C. Sanders and Grinders

D. Power Planers

E. Routers

X. Stationary Power Tools and Their Proper Use

A. Saws

1. Table Saws

2. Radial Arm Saws

3. Band Saws

B. Drill Presses

C. Planers and Jointers

D. Bench Sanders and Grinders

XI. Fundamentals of Oxygen Cutting and Arc Welding

A. Welding and Cutting Safety

1. Protective Equipment

2. Oxy-Acetylene Safety

3. Arc Welding Safety

B. Setting Up the Equipment

C. Procedures

XII. Learning Style Assessments and Team Dynamics

NOTE: The above outline should be considered flexible and topics may be shifted in sequence to fit equipment and/or personnel constraints. Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract between Cape Fear Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content and/or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.

Good Work Ethics Should Lead to Career Success

Cape Fear Community College and employers recognize the importance of good work ethics. The standards that govern the conduct of persons in the workplace are known as work ethics. More specifically, a person’s conduct, such as punctuality, honesty, motivation, reliability, cooperation, thoroughness, and creativity, pertains to the values, abilities, and behaviors that he or she brings to the job. Studies show that employees’ lack of ability to do a job accounts for only 15 percent of firings and dismissals. Of the other 85 percent, employers often give the following reasons for “letting employees go”:

  • Frequent absences from work

  • Habitual lateness

  • Inability to get along with other workers

  • Dishonesty

  • Lack of reliability

  • Failure to use resources properly

CFCC instructors want you to be prepared for further education and success in the workplace; therefore, they have classroom and shop/lab rules and standards. Below is a checklist for assessing your commitment to school/work ethics.

__ I understand the importance of quality--the importance of doing a school/job assignment right the first time.

__ I am motivated, and I accept responsibility without close supervision.

__ I am receptive to new ideas, methods, and processes; and I pursue emerging technologies.

__ I speak and write effectively in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

__ I function in a “team” environment that requires working for the “good of the whole.”

__ I am dependable and reliable at school/work, reporting to my classes/job on time and completing assignments within the required time.

__ I am honest in my dealings with instructors, supervisors, students, and coworkers; and I display a cooperative and supportive attitude.

__ I dress appropriately for school and the workplace and maintain a neat, clean appearance.

__ I manage my time effectively and look for ways to be more efficient at school and on the job.

__ I maintain a clean, orderly school/work space and leave it ready for use by others.