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Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping
Course: WLD103

First Term: 2005 Summer I
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   8 Period(s)   6.5 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Selection and safe use of blacksmithing and metal shaping tools and equipment. Material selection and conditioning, practical forging techniques, metal shaping experience, and finishing processes

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain and demonstrate safety practices for operating equipment and tools used in blacksmithing and metal shaping. (I)
2. Explain and demonstrate practices and techniques used in basic blacksmithing and metal shaping. (II-IX)
3. Use basic equipment to produce typical wrought iron products. (II-IX)
4. Perform basic metal shaping processes. (II-IX)
5. Explain and demonstrate different finishing processes for metals. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Safety
II. Modern Blacksmith
III. Materials, Properties, and Heat Treating of Metals
   A. Iron
   B. Steel
   C. Non-ferrous: brass, bronze, copper, aluminum
IV. Forge
   A. Types and construction
   B. Safe lighting of the forge
V. Anvil
   A. Placement mounting
   B. Parts and uses
   C. Tools
      1. Hammers
      2. Tongs
      3. Punches
      4. Chisels
      5. Shears
VI. Forging Exercises
   A. Straightening
   B. Squaring
   C. Tapering
   D. Upsetting
   E. Bends
      1. Right angles
      2. Curves
   F. Offsets
   G. Twisting
   H. Peening
   I. Piercing
   J. Heading
VII. Shaping Metal
   A. Shrinking
   B. Stretching
   C. Rolling
   D. Bending (brakes)
   E. Edges
   F. Sand bag
   G. Planshing
VIII. Fasteners
   A. Mechanical
      1. Bolts and screws
      2. Rivets
      3. Hems
   B. Adhesives
      1. Cohesive
      2. Adhesive
   C. Welding
      1. Fusion welding
      2. Brazing
      3. Soldering
      4. Resistance
      5. Friction
IX. Finishing Processes
   A. Temper colors
   B. Peening
   C. Blasting shot and abrasive
   D. Plating
   E. Painting
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  2/22/2005

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