ME 418L 01: Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

ME 418L - Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8329

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Instructor Information

Mr. Dominik Steinhauer - Lead Instructor

Senior Lecturer


Office: Upson II 160D or Digital via Zoom

2023 Summer Office Hours:
May 22nd-June 9th No Office Hours
June 12th-Aug 4th Mon & Tues 11am-12pm or by appointment

Office Phone: 701-777-6955

Office Phone is forward to Cell Phone

Dr. Yachao Wang, PH.D.

Assistant Professor


Office: Upson 2 160A

Office Phone: 701-777-3844

Dr. Hossein Kashani Zadeh, PH.D.

Assistant Professor


Office: Upson II Room 270

Office Phone: Upson II Room 270

Mr. Jay Evenstad

Research Specialist


Office: Upson I Room 209

Office Phone: 701/777-3112

About the Professor

Mr. Steinhauer is a UND Mechanical Engineering Alumni (Bachelor’s 2003, Master’s 2004).  After graduation he served as the Service and Support Engineer for the North Dakota and northwest Minnesota markets for FedEx Express for 13 years.  During this time, he specialized in process improvement, budgeting/forecasting, and project management.  During the last 5 years of this career he also served as a new engineer trainer at the FedEx World Headquarters in Memphis TN.  Mr. Steinhauer accepted the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of North Dakota in Feb 2018 to instruct ME 418L, ME 480, and ME 487/488. 

Course Description

Application of manufacturing methods in the Manufacturing Processes course including casting, machining, welding/soldering/brazing, forming (metals and plastics), heat treatment, metrology and automation.

Application of manufacturing methods in the Manufacturing Processes course including casting, machining, welding/soldering/brazing, forming (metals and plastics), heat treatment, metrology and automation.
Related Sections
ME 418 01 - Manufacturing Processes: TR 8am-9:15am, Yachao Wang
ME 418 02 - Manufacturing Processes: Does Not Meet, Yachao Wang
Credits 1.00 

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be: 

  • Familiar with engineering materials and their mechanical properties.
  • Familiar with main manufacturing processes including, Casting, Forming, Powder Metallurgy, Machining, and Welding. 
  • Able to understand, analyze and apply the fundamentals of basic forming and machining processes, tooling and machine tools for manufacturing products.  
  • Able to understand manufacturing processes of non-metals (plastics). 
  • Show your hands-on experience of sand casting, welding, machining and forming processes. 

Relevant ABET Outcomes

  • Develop an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Develop an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. 
  • Develop ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Develop the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context. 
  • Develop an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Course Materials

Supplementary Text: Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, Mikell P.Groover, John Wiley, NY, 6th Edition. ISBN 978-1119128694 

Supplementary Text: Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials, 4th Edition Kalpakjan, Schmid, Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0201361315 

Supplementary Text: Materials and Processes in Manufacturing, 9th Edition by Degarmo, Black& Kosher, John Wiley, New Jersey.  ISBN 978-0471656531 

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

Insert minimum requirements expected and needed. In the bulleted example list below

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview


Lab Manuals: Descriptions of lab procedures and reference material

Lab Assignments: Description of lab assignments.  Students will submit completed lab reports. 


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

  • All students are expected to view all lectures and complete all assigned lab report
  • Students that are able should attend any live Zoom Classes  
  • Any assigned reading is expected to be completed before class.  
  • The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.  
  • The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers. 



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.

Contacting Instructor

If you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.  My office number is forwarded to my cell phone.  Feel free to call during normal business house.  Call after hours are intended to be for emergency situations.  If I do not answer, please leave me a detailed message and I will get back to you.   

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Assessment & Grading

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes.  The following are planned topics for which there will be associated lab report assignments.  Please be advised that due to the COVID 19 Pandemic not all topics have been included due to still being developed.  Also note some topics may change for the same reason 

  • CNC Milling 
  • Turning 
  • Casting 
  • Surface Metrology 
  • Welding 
  • Laser Deposition 
  • CNC Plasma Cutting 
  • Composite Forming
  • Student Design/Fabrication 
  • Spot Welding 
  • EDM  


In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways: 

  1. Completeness of research of each assigned topic.   

  2. Adherence to required writing style, content, formatting, and citation 

Grading Breakdown

Grading Scale

A  100% to 90% 

B   89% to 80% 

C   79% to 70% 

D   69% to 60% 

F   59% to 0% 

Attendance for All Labs is Mandatory.  Unexcused absences will result in a drop in the final letter grade at a minimum.    
  • Lab
    • CNC Milling
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Turning (Bolt Manufacturing) 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Casting
      • Report = 10%
    • Composite Forming 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • SMA, MIG, & TIG Welding 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Laser Deposition 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Spot Welding
      • Report = 14%
    • Surface Metrology 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • CNC Plasma Cutting 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • EDM 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Student Design/Fabrication 
      • Quiz Part 1 = 2%
      • Discussion Board Total = 4%
      • Quiz Part 2 = 6%
    • Total = 100%

Around the middle of the semester, we will complete a formative assessment to see how the course is going. Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it. 

  • When the time comes, please let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively.  

  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback.  

  • And if you have feedback to offer before the end of the semester, please let me know. 

Course Policies

Assignment Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard.

Late Work

All late work will have a 20% grade reduction for each assignment for each business day late.  Any exceptions to this must be approved in advance of the due date. 

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback 

  • The instructor will provide feedback on all speech and paper assignments before the due date of the next similar assignment 

  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.

Class Participation

Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as in class discussion (synchronous students), and peer reviews in discussion board On campus or synchronous students are expected to attend on campus or synchronous classes, etc.  Asynchronous students are expected to review all posted material in a timely manner.   


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).