i am having my kids clean the shop next week and was just wondering what all you have students do to clean up a welding shop. i have a list but want to be thorough.
I do a major cleaning at the end of each semester as part of the final. I put several kids in charge of a section of the shop and grade them on how well they clean. I have my kids clean out all of the welding boothes, under all tables, windows and sinks. We also clean the walls, its amazing how much dust will collect on them. We also grease all equipment, check grinder tool rests and wheels, perform safety checks on electrical cords and equipment. Once a year we also open up all of the covers on the welders and blow out all of the dust. You should also do a tool inventory and make sure everthing is engraved. Take down model and serial numbers of everything you have. This can be a big job if you don't already have one, but it is worth it. I keep track of how I purchased the item, the date, its location, brand, model & serial number. Once you have it done, it is easy to keep it updated when you buy new tools. I do not keep track of individual sockets & wrenchs, just sets of those.
How do you grade the students? Is there a rubric that give details on how they are graded?
So - for my grading - your area is either clean to ym satisfaction or it isn't. My shop is actually a small gas engines shop, so we are dealing with the oil and grease. The kids get the 100% or the get 0% for the day and it is worth 3x the amount of the rest of the cleaning grades (we have 3 mini grading periods within our semester).
I forgot to mention earlier how I assign the cleaning jobs - I actually don't. The students choose their jobs based one their attendance and tardies. I go least to highest. This is a reward for being in class and being on time.
In addition to cleaning, this is the time of year when I have my kids make lists of items that need to be replaced or items they would like to see added to the shop for next year. My CTE director has a habit of having "extra" money at the end of the year that if we go to her with items to upgrade our programs we many times get some of our wish lists every year.
Cleaning out personal lockers and/or toolboxes, if you have them, is also imprtant. I'm always amazed at the items left every year by students.
The floors - I not only have every class do a final sweep of my floor - I also have 2 students from every class mop themselves out of the shop. They each mop the entire floor. The first bucket is always black, but the second bucket is never as black and the floor is always just a little cleaner for it.
I created a grid of my shop and assign students to each area. My rule of thumb for grading is they receive an A if when I walk to their section and can take the air hose and blow nothing out. This makes them clean better and they are allowed to blow out the shop out with the air hose before I check it.
I always give my final early and spend the time that we would normally be taking our final cleaning. With this we pull all of the tables out and clean under them, table tops are swept, and in some cases ground clean, cords are checked and put away. Each class has a specific area that they are responsible for deep cleaning (booths, plasma, tables, ect). ITools are put away at the end of each class so they are not a problem. I keep a close eye on the group and see who is working or who is not and give them a grade based on what I see. What I have done is make my daily shop cleaning a part of their safety grade for each week. Failing to clean is a forfeture of their safety grade( which is either a 100 or a 0). This has helped the kids keep it cleaner.
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