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Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

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Computer Integrated Manufacturing
2018-2019 school year                                           Mr. Peña
To students and parents;
I am teaching Engineering and Robotics class here at Pittsburg High School this year, after a career of over 3 decades in the aerospace and engineering fields, before obtaining my CA high school teaching credentials in both Engineering and Aerospace (Transportation).
I am looking forward to a great year meeting lots of wonderful students, and parents.  My room is open to parents who would like to help, observe, or to talk.  Feel free to come by any time.  Just remember to check in at the main office before 3:30PM.  If you want to talk about your child’s progress it would be better to schedule time so I may dedicate my time to your needs.  These Engineering classes are project based and are fun, but can be challenging, due to subject-specific vocabulary, terminology, technology, jargons, etc).
I can be reached at, 1-925-473-2390 ext. 7748 or by email at
  • Be prompt: be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings daily.
  • Be prepared: Engineering Journal, pen, pencil, USB Flash Drive, calculator and other supplies brought with you daily.
  • Be respectful (of others, self, and property): use appropriate language, treat items well, use supplies appropriately only, avoid vulgarities and obscenities, and be kind to others.
  • Participate in a positive active manner: showing up is only part of success - be on task and focused during the entirety of class daily. Do your best to learn the subject daily!
GRADING:     is based on the following 4 categories:
40%  -  Participation / In Class Work / Project Tasks (Ex: daily progress, handouts, journaling, daily prompts, behavior)
30%  -  Documentation (Ex: weekly journal collection, digital uploads/submittals, multimedia, written work)
20%  -  Exams / Completions (Ex: quizzes, tests, project completion deadlines, final uploads/walkthroughs)
10%  -  Out of Class Work (Ex: homework as assigned, research, finishing assignments, reflections)

Computer Integrated Manufacturing Syllabus

Required Materials

  • Students will bring pencils, ball point pen, ruler, protractor and USB FlashDrive.
  • Students will need an engineering notebook (with grid/graph line paper sheets), which can be bought from me for $1.25. This is cheaper than buying at OfficeMax, Office Depot, or Staples.  I bought books in bulk and am re-selling them at cost.
  • It is recommended that students have a scientific calculator
  • Students will be using their Engineering Notebooks as a journals to keep track of assignments and homework.
  • Printing and copying will be kept to a minimum students will need to take notes int Engineering Notebook and use USB FlashDrive. Most assignments will be available on line.
  • Students who are struggling with course work will have opportunities after school, lunch or Saturday for tutoring. All students should pass the class with either an A or B.  I try very hard to reach all of my students and to provide help for those who are struggling.

Text Book:  no text book is required

The Course:  Computer Integrated Manufacturing

CIM is a college prep elective class.  The curriculum is aligned with the curriculum developed by Project Lead the Way, a nationally recognized leader in technology/engineering curriculum.  
PLTW Website
The course covers the following:
  • What is Manufacturing, The history of Manufacturing, & Just-in-time Manufacturing
  • Using Autodesk inventor to design prototypes
  • Creating G-Code to program CNC mills to create products
  • Programming Robotic Control arms
  • Creating and analyzing manufacturing processes
  • How to use sensors to collect data and program machines to use the data to do useful work
  • Productions Costs,
  • How to choose a college, apply to college, & apply for scholarships
  • How to create a Resume, Cover letter.
  • Mock interviews
General Safety Policies
  • Use common sense and maturity
  • Running, throwing or horseplay will not be tolerated
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Treat all equipment and circuits as live unless proven otherwise
  • Wear approved safety glasses when soldering, drilling, cutting, or using any equipment in the room
  • Wear any additional PPE required for each piece of equipment you are using
  • Connect power supply with the lowest possible voltage setting
  • Disconnect power when connecting Ammeter or Ohmmeter
  • Discharge all capacitors before replacing or testing
  • Watch for exposed leads and short circuits
  • Remove all loose clothing and jewelry when operating machinery
  • Remove all electrically conductive jewelry when working with circuits
Specific Equipment Safety Procedures
Soldering Stations
  • Keep soldering iron away from flammable materials
  • Always assume the iron is hot
  • Keep the soldering iron tip away from all power cords
  • Before replacing the tip make sure it is unplugged and cool
  • Do not dip the tip in any liquids
  • Work in a well-ventilated area and turn the fan on
  • Clean the tip by wiping it, when hot, on the wet sponge
  • After use, unplug it, let it cool, and set aside
  • Always wear safety glasses or goggles
Power Supply
  • Do not wear jewelry that would conduct electricity
  • Make sure that voltage and current setting are at minimum before applying power
  • Never cross the leads
  • Absolutely no horseplay
  • Safety glasses on
  • Have instructor check the circuit before applying power
  • Have meter set on highest scale setting
  • Turn power off to circuit when measuring resistance
  • Use proper test leads, insulated to one half inch from the tip
  • Correct polarity of meter leads
  • Meter leads in proper jacks of multimeter
Drill Press
  • Put on safety glasses prior to turning machine on
  • Keep all loose clothing away from the machine
  • Keep all guards in place when machine is plugged in
  • Read and understand the full list of safety rules in the operator’s manual
Band Saw
  • Put on safety glasses prior to turning machine on
  • Keep all loose clothing away from the machine
  • Keep all guards in place when machine is plugged in
  • Read and understand the full list of safety rules in the operator’s manual
  • Put on safety glasses prior to turning machine on
  • Keep all loose clothing away from the machine
  • Keep all guards in place when machine is plugged in
  • Read and understand the full list of safety rules in the operator’s manual
CNC Machines
  • Never operate without the guards closed
  • Be certain all items are secured properly before running machine