Lesson 1 - Introduction to Nonmetals


Properties and behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; Boyle's Law; Laminar and turbulent flow; Mixed-phase systems

Learning Objectives:
– State the definition of a solid, a liquid, and a gas.
– Demonstrate how to change a liquid to a solid.
– Demonstrate buoyancy.
– Identify an object less dense than water, and an object more dense than water.
– List six possible combinations of matter.

Lesson 2 - Plastics


Characteristics; Processing; Molding; Casting; Extruding; Reinforcing; Machining; Welding; Patching

Learning Objectives:
– State the definition of a thermoplastic and a thermoset.
– Describe injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion.
– Select the best bonding agent for joining polyethylene parts.
– Describe the steps in patching a damaged area with glass-plastic material.

Lesson 3 - Rubber


Properties; Processing; Kinds and uses; Vulcanizing; Foam rubber; Hose and tubing; Tank linings; Reclaiming rubber

Learning Objectives:
– Name four properties of rubber.
– Explain the vulcanizing process.
– Select the best hose for handling oils or gasoline.
– Describe how to use a pinhole locator.
– List the kinds of sheet rubber that should be kept on hand in the storeroom of an industrial maintenance department.

Lesson 4 - Wood


Properties; Grades and defects; Measuring lumber; Plywood; Choosing wood; Joints; Preservation; Industrial uses; Fasteners

Learning Objectives:
– State the definition of hardwood and softwood.
– Name the grades of softwoods and hardwoods.
– Describe a radial cut, a crosscut, and a tangential cut.
– Demonstrate how to calculate the number of board feet in a piece of 2 x 8 lumber 10 ft long.

Lesson 5 - Construction Materials


Concrete; Masonry units; Brick; Mortar; Patching and repairing; Wallboard; Plaster; Glass

Learning Objectives:
– List the ingredients in concrete.
– State the definition of spalling, crazing, and dusting.
– Explain how to remove an oil stain from concrete.
– Demonstrate how to mix a small batch of mortar.
– List the steps in repairing a hole in wallboard.

Lesson 6 - Insulating Materials


Heat flow; Thermal, loose-fill, blanket, low-density, and acoustic insulation; Vapor barriers; Electrical insulation; Fire prevention

Learning Objectives:
– Name the ways by which heat can be transferred.
– State the formula for determining the thermal conductivity coefficient (k value) of a thermal insulator.
– Demonstrate how to install blanket insulation.
– Select the best materials for use an electrical insulation where resistance to flame and high temperature is important.
– List the safety rules that should be followed when working with insulating materials.

Lesson 7 - Paints and Coatings


Protective materials; Substrates; Paint; Primer; Choosing a coating; Surface preparation; Application; Using colors; Special coatings

Learning Objectives:
– List the factors to consider in selecting a protective coating.
– Name the qualities and characteristics of pigments and vehicles.
– List the safety precautions to follow when using paints containing solvent thinners.
– State the definition of primer.
– Demonstrate how to prepare a metal substrate for coating.

Lesson 8 - Industrial Chemicals


Safety; Soaps and detergents; Solvents; Acids; Aerosols; Oils; Refrigerants; Water-treatment chemicals; Fuels; Fire-fighting chemicals

Learning Objectives:
– List the safety precautions to follow when working with liquid and solid chemicals.
– Name the general classifications of cleaning agents.
– Select the best acid for cleaning stainless steel and aluminum.
– State the reasons why aerosol spray cans are potentially dangerous.
– List considerations in selecting an oil for a particular use.

Lesson 9 - Adhesives


Kinds of adhesives; Glues; Plastic welding; Acrylic-based adhesives; Other adhesives; Strength of adhesives; Tapes

Learning Objectives:
– State the definitions of adhesiveness, curing, drying, joint, pot, life, and tack.
– List the characteristics of thermosetting and themoplastic adhesives.
– Demonstrate the plastic-welding process.
– Select the best tapes for insulating and protecting electrical connections and wires.

Lesson 10 - Carbon


Forms and properties; Electrodes and resistors; Carbon brushes; Industrial diamonds; Carbon seals; Graphite packing; Chemical resistivity

Learning Objectives:
– List four uses of carbon and fabricated carbon products in industry.
– List three properties of carbon that make it useful in electrical and mechanical applications.
– Describe the carbon-arc welding process.
– List the most common causes of brush noise.
– Demonstrate the correct method of cutting individual rings from a continuous length of braided packing.