Workshop practices and hand tool skills

Workshop practices and hand tool skills

Hand Tool Skills

  • Identification and usage: Familiarise yourself with a variety of hand tools such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, files, saws and drills. Understand what tasks each tool is best suited for.

  • Safety practices: Always check tools before use, and use them in a safe manner. Be aware of potential hazards and how to prevent them.

  • Maintenance: Know how to keep tools clean and in good working conditions. Understand why rust prevention is essential and the role of lubrication in maintaining tools.

  • Measurement tools: Be able to correctly use measurement tools like rulers, tape measures, callipers and squares. Understand the importance of accurate measurements in engineering.

Workshop Practices

  • Workshop safety: Understand the importance of wearing suitable clothing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and following safety instructions at all times. Know the correct actions to take in emergencies.

  • Use of machinery: Understand the purpose, operation, and safety procedures for using common machines, such as lathes, grinders, and milling machines.

  • Material handling: Be aware of the correct techniques for handling, storing, and disposing of workshop materials safely.

  • Workshop cleanliness: Understand why keeping a clear, clean workspace is important. Follow the correct procedures for cleaning up spills and disposing of waste.

Joining Techniques

  • Metalwork joining: Familiarise yourself with various joining techniques such as bolting, riveting, soldering, brazing, and welding. Understand the importance of strong, durable joins in engineering structures.

  • Woodwork joining: Learn a variety of wood joining techniques like doweling, mortising, gluing, and using screws and nails. Understand the factors that influence the choice of joining technique in woodworking.

  • Adhesives: Understand the function and application of different types of adhesives and their role in joining processes.

Finishing Techniques

  • Surface preparation: Be familiar with processes such as sanding, scraping, and wire brushing that prepare surfaces for finishing. Understand the role of these processes in aiding adhesion and enhancing the end result.

  • Painting and varnishing: Understand how to select and apply paints and varnishes correctly. Know the importance of sealing and protecting surfaces from corrosion and wear.

  • Polishing: Understand the process and purpose of polishing metal and wood surfaces. Know how to use polishing compounds and tools to achieve a smooth, reflective finish.