Managing the Occupational Education Laboratory
Revised Edition

By George Storm

Details on the most effective and efficient methods of lab management.

Contents include selecting equipment and supplies, facilities planning, material control, maintenance, record keeping, preparing budgets, organizing personnel, orienting students, and serving adult and special-needs students. A valuable resource for all vocational educators.

ISBN: 0-911168-84-2
216 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback
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High School to Employment Transition: Contemporary Issues
Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr.

Leading vocational educators and policy experts address important concerns in the transition to work of the majority of American students—those who will not graduate from a four-year college.

 Research on students' experiences, employers' needs, and government policies are covered. Also analysis of programs and suggestions for improving students' transitions. Essential reading for all vocational educators and guidance counselors.

ISBN 0-911168-88-5
284 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback
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Workforce Preparation:
An International Perspective

Edited by Dennis R. Herschbach and Clifton P. Campbell

In this important book, 20 leaders in workforce/vocational education and training from around the world detail how different countries are reforming their schools and workplaces to strengthen employment-related education.

Dennis R. Herschbach is the coordinator of the Comparative and International Studies program in the Department of Education Policy, Planning and Administration, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park.

Contents by chapter:

Part I: Policy Perspectives on Workforce Preparation

Part 2: Case Studies of Selected Country Practices

280 pages; 7" x 10"

Paperback (ISBN 0-911168-97-4):
list price: $21.95, school/web price: $17.56

Hardcover (ISBN 0-911168-98-2):
list price: $31.95,
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Machinists' Ready Reference
9th edition

Compiled by C. Weingartner

This best-selling book offers a wealth of information on the procedures, tools, and metals involved in Machines Trades Education. Machinists and toolmakers must constantly look up data and solve problems in the course of their work. Machinists' Ready Reference is a convenient and easy-to-use source for all the essentials.

The book's eleven sections cover:

*Full contents listed below

The revised and expanded 9th edition presents new and updated material on layout and geometric construction; plane geometric figures; hole spacings; bend allowances; ratio and proportion; angular gage blocks; sine bars; high-speed steels; surface treatments; tapers; thread shapes; and keyways.

In addition to machinists and toolmakers, Machinists' Ready Reference offers valuable information for designers and drafters, engineers, production planners, and inspectors.

*CONTENTS of Machinists’ Ready Reference

I. Mathematical Information
Rules for Common Fractions
Decimal Equivalents of 8ths, 16ths, 32nds, 64ths of an Inch

Useful Mathematical Information

Properties of the Circle

Angle at Center and Length of Chord for Spacing Off the
Circumference of a Circle
Coordinate Constants from Outside
Coordinate Constants from Center
Area and Measurement of Plane Geometric Figures
Distance Across Corners of Hexagons and Squares in Inches/Millimeters
Tables of Squares and Square Roots
The Sine Bar
Gage Block Information (Inch Dimensions)
Metric Gage Blocks
Angle Gage Blocks
Pin Measurements for Gibs
Pin Measurements for Dovetails and Inside Cavities
Different Methods of Expressing Plane Angles
Ratio and Proportion
Bend Allowances
Trigonometric Functions
Formulas for Finding Functions of Angles
Formulas for Right Triangles and Oblique Triangles
Tables of Trigonometric Functions

II. Drills
Drill Nomenclature
Grinding of Twist Drills
Common Drill Troubles and Causes
Drill Reconditioning
Decimal Equivalents of Number and Letter Size Drills
High Speed Steel Tool Data
Metric Size Drills with Decimal Inch Equivalents
Tables of Cutting Speeds—Metric Size Drills; Fraction Size Drills; Number Size Drills; Letter Size Drills
Drilling Speeds for High Speed Steel Drills

III. Tapers
Milling Machine Arbor Tapers
Milling Machine Spindle Tapers
American National Standard Tapers
Brown and Sharpe Tapers
Morse Tapers
Formulas for Figuring Tapers
Calculating Tailstock Offset
Amount of Taper for Lengths up to 24 Inches
Amount of Taper for Lengths up to 600 mm
Percentage of Tapers and Corresponding Angles
Tapers per Foot and Corresponding Angles
Metric Taper Pins
Diameter of Taper Pin at Small End and Drill Sizes

IV. Screws, Threads, Fasteners
Basic Thread Dimensions and Tap Drill Sizes
Basic Thread Shapes—Notations and Formulas
Constants for Finding Pitch Diameter and Root Diameter of Screw Threads
Pitch Diameter Limits for Class ll Screws and Nuts
Metric Thread Series—Comparison Chart
Metric Thread Forms
Formulas and Chart for Finding Tap Drill Sizes—Metric
Measuring Metric Threads by Three-Wire Method
Measuring Standard Threads by Three-Wire Method
American National Pipe Thread Dimensions
Counterbore Sizes for Cap Screws and Machine Screws
ASTM, SAE and ISO Grade Markings & Mechanical Properties for Steel Fasteners

V. Milling, Shaping, Turning
Plain and Differential Indexing
Speed and Feed Calculations for Milling Cutters and Other Rotating Tools
Feeds and Speeds for Milling
Sharpening Milling Cutters
Clearance Tables—Straight and Cup Wheels
Shaper Tool Shapes
Shaper Cutting Speeds
Application of Lathe Tools
Spindle Speeds in R. P. M. for Turning and Boring
Cutting Speeds in Surface Feet per Minute
Cutting Speeds and Tool Angles for Non-Ferrous Materials
Cemented Carbide Cutting Tools
Lubricants for Cutting Tools
Nomograph Method for Calculating Speeds Required to Machine Steel with Carbides
Grindability Charts
Standard Marking System Chart for Grinding Wheels
Diamond and Cubic Boron Nitride Marking System Chart

VI. Gears
Gear Tooth Dimensions
Involute Gear Cutters for Teeth of Gears
Rules and Formulas for Spur Gear Calculations
Conversion to Metric Gear Design
Rules and Formulas for Spur Gear Calculations—Metric Module Standard
Diametral Pitch/Module Gear Equivalents
Rules and Formulas for Bevel Gear Calculations
Rules and Formulas for Worm Gear Calculations (Solid Type)
Rules and Formulas for Worm Wheel Calculations
Rules and Formulas for Helical Gear Calculations

VII. Weights, Gages, Tolerances
Weights of Round and Square Steel Bars per Lineal Foot
U.S. Standard Sheet Metal Gage Numbers with Approximate Thickness and Weights
Standard Wire Gages
Standard Keyways and Collar Diameters
Keyway Formulas
Woodruff Keys
International Standard Preferred Metric Limits and Fits

VIII. Tool Steels and Other Metals
Basic Numbering System for Steels
Tool Steel Classifications
General Properties of Tool Steels
Carbon Content of Carbon Steels for Different Uses
Hardening of Carbon Tool Steel
Tempering or Drawing of Hardened Steel
High-Speed Steels
Iron and Steel Definitions
High Temperatures Judged by Color & Colors for Tempering
Hardness Conversion Table
Unified Numbering System for Metals and Alloys

IX. Metric Information
Metric Measures
Rules for Rounding Off Numbers
Conversion Charts—Inches to Millimeters
Conversion Charts—Millimeters to Inches
Conversion Charts—Decimal Fractions of Inches to Millimeters with Drill Numbers or Letters
Decimal Inch Equivalents of Millimeters and Fractions of Millimeters
Reading Metric Micrometers
How to Read Vernier with English/Metric Graduations
Comparison of Thermometric Scales

X. Reading Shop Prints
Reading Engineering Drawings and Shop Prints
Standard Line Forms
Section Lining Symbols
Applications of Lines
Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Types of Dimensions
Terminology of Tolerances and Allowances
Modifying Symbols
Dimensioning and Datum Symbols
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Feature Control Frame
Geometric Characteristic Symbols
Application of Feature Control Frames
Rules for Geometric Characteristics
Surface Texture Specifications
Surface Characteristics
Roughness Average of Different Processes
Lay Symbols
Surface Texture Symbols and Construction

XI. Supplementary Information
Handy Multipliers for Machinists and Engineers
Ohm’s Law—Direct Current and Alternating Current
Miscellaneous Machine-Shop Formulas Index

ISBN: 0-9703398-0-1
312 pages; 4-1/2" x 6"; wirebound List price: $29.95; school/web price: $23.96
(Special discount to industry: 10-49 copies—10%)

High School to Employment Transition: Contemporary Issues

Machinists' Ready Reference 9th edition

Managing the Occupational Education Laboratory\ Revised Edition


Properties and Uses of Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals
By H. C. Kazanas

This book is designed for educators and students involved in metal trades including toolmaking, diemaking, drafting, Machines Trades Education, sheet-metal work, and  welding.

 It covers such areas as nonferrous metals and alloys; production of irons and steels; tool steels; heating, quenching, and tempering; annealing and aging; surface hardening and plating; and testing of metals. Instructor's guide is also available.

ISBN: 0-911168-39-7
112 pages; 6" x 9"; paperback
List price: $17.95; school/web price: $14.36

Instructor's Guide: ISBN: 0-911168-40-0
List price: $3.50; school/web price: $2.80

Winning Ways:
Best Practices
in Work-Based Learning

Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr., and Deborah M. Buffamanti

Students who participate in work-based learning apply and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquire in school. They learn the value of good work habits, practice essential interpersonal skills, and find school more relevant to their real-life needs. At the community college level, participating students are more likely than others to complete their studies, to graduate with lower school-related debt, and to find permanent employment after graduation. Winning Ways presents the surest routes to career success, as described by 25 highly regarded educators, public policy experts, and industrial trainers.

Winning Ways: Best Practices in Work-Based Learning

Contents by chapter:

Editor Albert J. Pautler, Jr., is a professor of education at SUNY-Buffalo and a consultant to many organizations.

ISBN: 0-911168-94-X
240 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback
List price: $18.95;
school/web price: $15.16

Winning Ways: Best Practices in Work-Based Learning

Workforce Education Issues for the New Century

Workforce Preparation: An International Perspective

Career / Technical Education Books

Outdoor Power Equipment Electrical Systems

Oral Communication Skills for Vo-Tech Students

Properties and Uses of Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals

Outdoor Power Equipment
Electrical Systems

By William A. Schuster

This book presents a step-by-step introduction to understanding and troubleshooting the electrical systems of lawn and garden equipment powered by small gas and diesel engines.

Coverage ranges from basic electrical theory and circuits through circuit testing, starting and charging systems, and ignitions. Because the author does not rely on extensive use of mathematics to explain electrical theory, a wide range of readers can gain clear understanding of the topic. While components may differ, the theory also applies to other equipment such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, and watercraft.

Appropriate for beginning students through experienced technicians.

ISBN: 1-57074-262-6
140 pages; 8-1/2" x 11"; paperback List price: $29.95; school/web price $23.96

Workforce Education Issues for the New Century
Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr.

This book presents expert views and advice for creating successful career and technical education programs nationwide. Prominent educators address curriculum content and design, teacher education, federal legislation, and research results and priorities. Fields covered include career and technical education, vocational education, school-to-work, tech prep, and technology education.

Workforce Education: Issues for the New Century also

Editor Albert J. Pautler, Jr., is a professor of education at the State University of New York-Buffalo and consultant to many organizations.

Contents by chapter:

Part 1: Background

Part 2: Career Development

Part 3: Program Areas

Part 4: Special Topics

Part 5: Future Perspectives

ISBN 0-911168-95-8
296 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback
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