Industry Product: Online Class

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Turning Center Programming, Setup, and Operation


The Course

This on-line course will help you master what it takes to program, setup, and run a FANUC-controlled CNC turning center. We begin in a basic manner - assuming you have no previous CNC experience. We do, however, assume you understand basic machining practices as they apply to turning centers. You must understand machining operations like rough and finish turning and boring, rough and finish facing, drilling, threading and necking, as well as the cutting tools that perform these operations.

While we begin in a basic manner, we will continue to build upon previously presented information. By the time you’re finished, you’ll know what it takes to utilize a turning center, and you will have worked on twelve practice programs.

Pre-Requisites We Recommend

Prior to taking these CNC classes, students should understand several basic machining practice topics, including:

  • Shop safety

  • Shop math

  • Blueprint reading

  • Tolerance interpretation

  • Measuring devices

  • Machining operations (related to the machine of study)

  • Cutting tools (related to machining operations performed)

Note: we include a short introduction to these topics in the eLearning system.

Scope of Our Content

The content is comprehensive. We cover all three tasks a person must master in order to become fully proficient, including programming, setup, and operation. Upon successful completion, students will be able to write programs at G-code level (manual programming). They will know how to get a machine ready to run production (setup). And they will know how to operate the machine and complete production runs (operation).

Estimated time to completion

We estimate that students will average approximately 30 hours to complete each class, including time to study the materials, to take the tests, and to do the exercises. Actual time will vary, of course, based upon the student's aptitude.

The Key Concepts Approach

We use our proven Key Concepts approach, which allows us to stress the reasons why things are done as importantly as how they're done. We constantly build on previously presented information, providing a logical and highly tutorial method for instruction.
There are ten key concepts. Six are programming-related and four are setup and operation related. If a student can understand ten basic principles, they are well on their way to becoming proficient CNC users.

Though we begin with programming, any time we come to a topic that is related to setting up or running a CNC machine, we cover it during programming presentations. These kinds of topics (for the turning center class) include assigning program zero with geometry system offsets, using wear offsets & tool nose radius compensation, and issues related to sizing in the first work piece and making sizing adjustments during a production run.

When the student gets to the setup and operation part of the class (Key Concept 7), they will already possess a good understanding of what it takes to get a machine up and running production.

Key Concepts and Lessons

The ten Key Concepts are further divided into lessons. While the same ten Key Concepts apply to both milling and turning machines, the lessons vary from one machine type to the other.


When you complete this class, you'll know what it takes to program a CNC turning center at G code level (programming). You will also know what is involved with getting a machine ready to run production (setup). And you will know what is required to operate a CNC turning center and complete a production run (operation). While you will still need hands-on practice with an actual machine (practice you must get from your school or employer), you will understand the concepts needed to utilize a machine.

On-Line Content

Our on-line system provides a robust eLearning environment.


The content of this course is also available with a hard-copy self-study manual, workbook, answer book, and CD-rom disk. See the Industry and Individuals page for more information.

Possible Post-Requisites We Suggest

After completing these classes, students will be ready for classes on advanced manufacturing topics, like computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems and computer integrated manufacturing systems.

Consider Using NCGuide

NCGuide is FANUC CNC software running on a personal computer. Though not a requirement for taking this class, NCGuide is an optional learning tool will help you master the operation of a FANUC CNC during your training. Lab exercises (included in the on-line class learning materials) will provide you with hands-on practice using a FANUC CNC. And you can use NCGuide to test run programs and view tool paths you create during class.

Need More Information?

Contact us by phone (847-639-8847) or email (lynch@cncci.com) if you have any questions about our FANUC Certified Education on-line CNC classes.



OLC-FCTTCPO ~ Turning Center Programming, Setup, & Oper. On-Line Class ~ $549.00

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