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Ensuring Safe Use of the Machine Shop by Students

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Hands-on Active Learning

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Engineering Technology

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26.676.1 - 26.676.9



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Mukasa E. Ssemakula Wayne State University

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Mukasa E. Ssemakula is a Professor in the Division of Engineering Technology, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, in England. After working in industry, he served on the faculty of the University of Maryland before joining Wayne State. He is a leader in developing and implementing new pedagogical approaches to engineering education. He also has research interests in the area of manufacturing systems. Contact:

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Ensuring Safe Use of the Machine Shop by StudentsAs Engineering Technology educators, we pride ourselves in providing relevant hands-onexperiences for students in our courses. Hands-on experiences are important in ensuring thatstudents can apply the theoretical concepts they learn in class to practical engineering situationsnot only in the laboratory, but especially in industry. Because equipment in a typical machineshop can be dangerous and even fatal when misused, it is imperative to put in place policies andprocedures that will help to ensure student safety. As the author’s institution was going throughthe process of revising and updating its policies for independent student use of the machineshops, the author sought input from other educators around the country regarding the proceduresthey followed. Input was sought though the ETD-L discussion list. Particular focus was placedon situations beyond supervised classroom settings, for example when students are working onnon-classroom projects. Factors examined included issues such as: - Do you allow students to use machines independently? - What training is required before such use? - How is the training verified? - What technical support (if any) is available to students during that time? - How do you handle liability issues? - Is yours a 2-year or 4-year institution? - Are there any special issues we should pay attention to?This paper will present the results of the discussion and provide general recommendations forothers to consider when implementing policies for their own institutions.

Ssemakula, M. E. (2015, June), Ensuring Safe Use of the Machine Shop by Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24013

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