Machine shop training: Machining a keychain

Students at the University of Waterloo are often placed in manufacturing positions during their co-operative work terms where they interact extensively with maintenance workers, contractors, and other technical staff. Entering into these roles with limited hands-on machining skills places these students at a disadvantage. 

The Benefits

As many students start their first work term after only 12 weeks of on-campus experience, they need very early exposure to practical activities. The activity provides a fun, confidence-building project in the Student Machine Shop.

Keychain Tron'19Overview

Each student completes the machining, and assembly of a small keychain, which they then get to keep as a keepsake. Over 500 engineering students (from Systems Design, Biomedical, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering) are provided early exposure to the Student Machine Shop each fall, creating a desire and confidence to pursue additional experience.


Papers Published

James Baleshta, "Increasing Student Practical Experience with the Hurdle of Large Class Sizes(pdf)", in Proceedings of the 2014 Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference, Canmore, June 8-11, 2014.