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The course is opened by short lectures on mechanism, metallurgy, machine-toolmaking and tempering, and modern machine shop practice. Our aim is to impart to the pupils, an intimate knowledge of the tools used in the machine shop, and the processes and operations necessary for the construction of machine pieces.
This shop is equipped with an electric motor, ten engine lathes, two speed lathes, one shaper, one milling machine, one planer, one upright drill press, emery grinders, and many other machines necessary to the complete equipment of a machine shop.
The foundry consists of a small brass melting furnace, flasks, clamps, crucibles, moulders, small tools, etc.

In the shop we teach in a thorough and systematic way the elements of chipping, filing, fitting, turning, screw cutting, planing, shaping, milling and general machine tool work.

In the foundry we mold and cast in lead, brass, bronze, bell metal, aluminum and iron. It is regarded of great importance that no principle or method shall be taught that does not embody the best practice of skilled mechanics.
One of the speed lathes in the machine shop, a 1 1/2 H. P. steam engine, and a nearly completed upright drill press are specimens of the larger work of the pupils.
These shop exercises call for much thought and patience, and tend to stimulate mental activity. Experience has shown that the above constitutes a very thorough course of observation and practice, and that quite a large number of pupils from the Manual Training School Machine Department have found employment in positions where their mechanical training was of great value. 

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