Thursday, February 20, 2014

FTV February 20

While half of the Cadets on the Kennedy are working in the engine room learning about the steam cycle and developing an understanding of how it works. The other half of engine training is spent in the lab where students become familiar with common tools they will be using in the Marine Engineering Industry. These tools include taps, dies, and drill presses. Cadets are assessed on their ability to use these tools to cut and thread black iron pipe; cut, fit and sweat solder copper pipe; bend, and fit copper tubing; cut and fit PVC pipe; and make and test a 120 volt extension cord. In these pictures you can see the students working at lab benches today’s task was to use their new skills to build an aluminum picture frame.

Engineering Thursday
Marine engineers are involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of ships, boats, and related equipment. They design and supervise the construction of everything from aircraft carriers to submarines, and from sailboats to tankers. Marine engineers work on the propulsion, steering, and other systems of ships. Marine engineers apply knowledge from a range of fields to the entire design and production process of all water vehicles. Try this lesson to do the work of a Marine Engineer.

Try some of these lab activities to build the types of skills needed by Marine Engineering Cadets

Explore how engineers have solved problems such as developing and improving metal parts by adding a layer of another material to the surface. You will work in teams to develop a chemical system to add a layer of copper to another metal product. 

In this activity you will learn how switches control the flow of electricity, and how to draw a wiring diagram. 

Build a spring scale and test it with several different items. See if your scale can distinguish between one golf ball and two, or one onion and two for example. Make any adjustments during construction that you like 

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