San Josť State University

Department of Mechanical Engineering

ME/ISE 110 Manufacturing Processes

Section 01, Fall 2013


Class Hours and Location:  Tue/Thu 9:00-10:15 in Sweeney Hall 100

Class Codes:  ME 110: 48663  |  ISE 110: 49187

Credit Units:  3


Instructor:  Prof. John Lee

Office, Phone, Email:  Engineering 310,  408-924-7167,

Office Hours:  Tue/Thu 11:00-12:00; changes will be posted on the instructor's website.


Course Description

Fundamentals of manufacturing processes such as machining, forming, casting, molding and welding. Surface treatments, powder-based processes, and microfabrication methods. Materials behavior and selection for manufacturing. Geometric dimensions and tolerancing.

Prerequisite: ME 020 with a grade of "C-" or better.  Pre/Corequisite: MatE 25.


Required Textbook 1Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, 6th ed., by S. Kalpakjian & S. Schmid.  Published by Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN 9780136081685.  An eTexbook option  is avaiable from

Required Textbook 2Beginning GD&T for Design, Manufacturing and Inspection, by Multi Metrics, Inc., 2012.  Will be available for purchase mid-semester, facilitated by the ME Department.


Course Website:  This course heavily uses the Canvas learning management system (LMS), accessible to enrolled students at  Assignment requirements will be communicated via Canvas, and successful completion of course requirements will definitely require accessing the course website regularly.  Recommended frequency is at least twice a week, evenly spaced.  Technical support is available at


Email:  Messages regarding this class may be sent to student email addresses listed in MySJSU or in Canvas.  So each student is required to maintain an up-to-date email address in both systems.


Workload:  Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica.  More details about student workload can be found in University Policy S12-3 at



Course Goals

  1. To learn the working principles of a wide variety of manufacturing processes.

  2. To understand how material properties affect and are affected by manufacturing processes.

  3. To build the knowledge to match design requirements with the most suitable manufacturing processes and materials.

Student Learning Objectives  Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify candidate materials and processes appropriate for given design requirements.

  2. Make relative comparisons among a wide variety of engineering materials in terms of mechanical properties and workability.

  3. Describe capabilities and limits for several manufacturing processes in terms of size, resolution, precision, surface quality, rate, and cost.

  4. Communicate effectively across design, manufacturing, and inspection perspectives, specifically using geometric dimensioning & tolerancing (GD&T).

  5. Propose sensible strategies for fabricating new engineering components that have no pre-existing standard production method.


Graded Work and Weight Distribution

10% for Participation Tasks

15% for Reading Quizzes (online)

20% for Midterm Exam

20% for Case Study

35% for Final Exam


Grading Scale

Work that is evaluated by percent score (e.g. percent correct on an online reading quiz, raw exam score) is converted to letter grade as follows:

  97.0-100 A+ | 93.0-96.9 A | 90.0-92.9 A- | 87.0-89.9 B+ | 83.0-86.9 B | 80.0-82.9 B-

  77.0-79.9 C+ | 73.0-76.9 C | 70.0-72.9 C- | 67.0-69.9 D+ | 63.0-66.9 D | 60.0-62.9 D- | 0-59.9 F

Work that is evaluated by letter grade (e.g. case study video presentation) receives the following values on 4.0 scale:

  A+ = 4.0 | A = 4.0 | A- = 3.7 | B+ = 3.3 | B = 3.0 | B- = 2.7

  C+ = 2.3 | C = 2.0 | C- = 1.7 | D+ = 1.3 | D = 1.0 | D- = 0.7 | F = 0.0

The overall course grade is calculated from a weighted sum of all graded components, computed as grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale as follows:

  3.85-4.00 A+ | 3.70-3.84 A | 3.50-3.69 A- | 3.15-3.49 B+ | 2.85-3.14 B | 2.50-2.84 B-

  2.15-2.50 C+ | 1.85-2.14 C | 1.50-1.84 C- | 1.15-1.50 D+ | 0.85-1.14 D | 0.50-0.84 D- | 0-0.49 F


Participation Tasks

Throughout the semester there will be several tasks to promote active engagement, particularly online.  There will be a running tally of credit for  keeping up with these assigned tasks according to strict deadlines.  The fraction of total credit earned will be multiplied by 4.0 to determine a corresponding letter grade (e.g. 75% of possible credit earned means 3.0, equivalent to a letter grade of "B").  As a rough estimate, there would be between one and three distinct participation tasks in a typical week, assigned and tallied via Canvas.  Some tasks may be due in less than one week from the time assigned (e.g., "Before our next class meeting, complete..."), so it is important to check Canvas regularly and to enable email forwarding.


Reading Quizzes

To promote accountability with assigned reading and independent learning, online reading quizzes will be conducted via Canvas   There are no make-up quizzes or individual time extensions, and missing a quiz will result in a score of zero.  Reading quizzes will be drawn from content in the official course textbook.  Some effort (without guarantee) will be made to support the immediately prior (i.e., 5th) edition, which has almost identical content.


Case Study

This assignment requires the preparation of a concise, well-organized video narration of how a multi-component commercial product is manufactured.  The assignment is to be conducted in small teams of 2-3 persons.  More specific conditions and requirements are defined in a separate document to be distributed in class.


Exam Policy

All students are expected to complete exams in class as scheduled.  There are no make-up exams.  Alternative accommodations or extended time will be considered only in partnership with the Accessible Education Center


Exception Handling

Any grading exceptions or appeals must be petitioned promptly in writing (email is acceptable).  Late assignments will normally be recorded with zero credit in the grade roster, but may be submitted promptly for consideration in context with all other exceptions class-wide.  Evaluation of exceptions will normally happen at the very end of the semester.  Special consideration of truly unavoidable and extenuating circumstances will depend on expeditious timing and supporting documentation (e.g. doctor's note, jury summons, military orders).



Preliminary Course Schedule

Schedule is subject to change with fair notice via announcement in class, notification in Canvas, and/or MySJSU email.


Aug 22 Thu:  Introduction to Manufacturing [Chapter 1]

Aug 27 Tue:  Material Properties and Behavior [Chapter 2]

Aug 29 Thu*:  Material Properties and Behavior [Chapter 3]

Sep 03 Tue:  Deformation Processes: Sheet Metal [Chapter 16]

Sep 05 Thu*:  Deformation Processes: Metalworking [Chapters 13, 14, 15]

Sep 10 Tue:  Machining Processes [Chapter 23]

Sep 12 Thu*:  Machining Processes [Chapter 24]

Sep 17 Tue:  Solidification Processes: Metal Casting [Chapter 11]

Sep 19 Thu*:  Solidification Processes: Polymers [Chapter 19]

Sep 24 Tue:  Joining Processes [Chapters 30, 31]

Sep 26 Thu*:  Joining Processes [Chapter 32]

Oct 01 Tue:  Surface Processes:  Non-Mechanical Machining [Chapter 27]

Oct 03 Thu:  Surface Processes:  Finishing & Treatment [Chapters 26, 34]

Oct 08 Tue:  Powder-Based Processes [Chapters 17, 18]

Oct 10 Thu*:  Additive Manufacturing [Chapter 20]

Oct 15 Tue:  Microfabrication Processes [Chapter 28]

Oct 17 Thu*:  Microfabrication Processes [Chapter 28]; Case Study due

Oct 22 Tue:  Catch-up and review

Oct 24 Thu*:  Midterm Exam

Oct 29 Tue:  Measurement & Inspection

Oct 31 Thu*:  Features, Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 05 Tue:  Statistical Process Control  [Chapter 36]

Nov 07 Thu:  Statistical Process Control  [Chapter 36]

Nov 12 Tue:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 14 Thu*:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 19 Tue:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 21 Thu*:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 26 Tue:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Nov 28 Thu:  Thanksgiving Day (NO CLASS)

Dec 03 Tue:  Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Dec 05 Thu:  Catch-up and review

Final Exam will be held on December 12 Thursday, 7:15-9:30 AM

(The final exam date was incorrect on an early version of the syllabus prior to 8/22, and has been corrected).


University Calendar Reminders

Sep 02 Mon:  Labor Day - campus closed

Sep 03 Tue:  Last day to drop courses

Sep 10 Tue:  Last day to add courses

Nov 11 Mon:  Veteran's Day - campus closed

Nov 28 Thu:  Thanksgiving holiday - campus closed

Dec 09 Mon:  Last day of instruction



Registration Policies and Academic Calendar

Each student is personally responsible for understanding the university registration policies available at  Academic deadlines are listed at  The Late Drop policy is available at  Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.  Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at


Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

Course material developed by the instructor (including video and audio recordings) is the intellectual property of the instructor and may not be shared publicly without written approval.  You may not publicly share or upload any instructor-generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, homework solutions, or video links without written consent.  Also, University Policy S12-7 requires students to obtain instructorís permission to record the course.


University Policies on Academic Integrity

Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The Academic Integrity policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work.  Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development  Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another personís ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include your assignment or any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSUís Academic Policy S07-2 requires approval of instructors.


Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform the instructor as soon as possible. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) to establish a record of their disability.


Other Campus Resources for Student Success

Engineering Student Success Center 

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)

Academic Success Center

Writing Center

SJSU Library