Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 2540 - Machining Processes

Catalog Description:

Introduction of both traditional and non-traditional methods of machining of materials. Relationship of machines, jigs and fixtures, and productive tooling to the machining of discrete components. Introduction to measuring and gauging as it relates to machining practices. Hands on experience with traditional CNC equipment, including production techniques.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: Recommended, IME 1500.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  • Introduction to Manufacturing

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Be able to analyze machine setup and operation techniques f  

F1: Defines technical problems, compares alternative options, and designs a solution.

Be able to apply productivity principles as a product production tool. c  

C3: Use decision making tools to analyze or improve a process or system

Understand the basic principles and techniques of chip removal applied to near net shaping of a variety of materials.      
Understand the dimensional characteristics of interchangeable parts.      
Develop an appreciation of both traditional and non-traditional machining theory and practice      
Understand basic CNC principles      

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Machine Tool Practices, by Kibbe R.R., Meyer R.O, Neely, J.E., and White W.T. (any edition)

Course Coordinator:

Fred Sitkins
Western Michigan University
F-231 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3375

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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