Dial Indicating Mill Vise



David Hunt

This lesson is designed as a very basic first assignment for introducing students to the milling machine. It will allow students to be able to check the alignment of a mill vise and adjust as necessary before beginning a project on the milling machine.

Lesson Time

One Class Period
1 Hour

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
    • Machining and Forming Technologies
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (9)
California Academic Content Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students wiil select and use appropriate inspection devices, such as the dial indicator to manufacture parts or products, understanding that quality control is a planned process to ensure that a product meets established criteria.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of the dial indicator to manipulate the mill vise to accurately produce products.
  • Students will organize and structure work individually and in teams for effective performance and attainment of the goal of accurate mill vise alignment.
  • Students will use and maintain precision tools and equipment common to the school manufacturing facility.
  • Students know policies, procedures, and regulations regarding health and safety in the workplace by demonstrating the safe and appropriate use of tools and equipment in the school manufacturing facility.

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