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eLearning Class

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CNC lathe machine (Turning machine) cutt
  • Assumes you have no previous shop experience

  • Learn how to setup and run the most popular type of metal-cutting CNC equipment!

  • Twelve activity-packed lessons

  • Narrated presentations with an easy-to-use media player

  • Printable reading material (over 200 pages)

  • A test to take after each lesson - grading is automatic and immediate

  • On-going, self-paced course - enroll and begin at any time!

  • Take up to 60 days to finish

  • Personal assistance from your facilitator, Mike Lynch

  • Includes certificate upon successful completion!

  • A great training value! Enroll today!

What is an eLearning Class?

This is NOT an online class. All files are downloaded to your computer and you can keep them even after you earn your certificate of completion. About 1.5-gb hard drive storage is required.

How it works:

After purchasing this class:

  • We send you a Google Drive link to a .zip file.

  • You download the .zip file and unzip (extract) its folders and files to your hard drive.

  • Invoke (double click) the "Startup" file to call up a PowerPoint presentation (shown above) that provides links to all of the class activities (underlined items in the Startup file above are the links). We provide PowerPoint Viewer just in case you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer. 

  • Start the slide show to make the links active.

  • View the presentation and study the reading materials for the lesson.

  • When you're ready, take the test for the lesson.

  • Repeat the last two steps for each lesson.


A few more notes about our eLearning classes:

  • Presentations are browser based so you do not need special software to view them.

  • Reading materials are provided in .pdf files.

  • Tests are automatically graded and submitted. You must have an email account and an Internet connection is required.

  • In order to receive a certificate of completion, you must complete all tests.

Maintaining "active student" status:

  • Your instructor will support you (answering questions and recording test results) as long as you are an active student. Your purchase of this class includes 60-days of active student status.

  • A 30-day extension can be purchased if you need more time (purchase link can be found at the bottom of this page).

  • While all of the class content is yours to keep, we ignore contact (questions and test & exercise submissions) from inactive students.

  • Active student status can only be achieved by the original student. If multiple students will be taking this class (and expecting instructor assistance), additional purchases of the class must be made.

About the certificate of completion:

  • Students achieving an overall score of 70% or better earn a Certificate of Completion.

  • Students achieving an overall score of 85% or better additionally earn a letter of recommendation.

The Course


This course will help you master what it takes to setup and run a CNC turning center.  We begin in a basic manner - assuming you have no previous experience in a machine shop.  We even provide information about the basic machining practices, a topic often set as a prerequisite to learning CNC.  We then dig deep - addressing all topics you must understand in order to setup and run a machine.

There are four Key Concepts that are further divided into twelve lessons:

1) Get ready to learn about CNC turning centers

  • Lesson One: Basic machining practices required for turning centers

  • Lesson Two: What does a CNC turning center do?

2) Know your machine from a setup person’s or operator’s viewpoint

  • Lesson Three: General flow of CNC process

  • Lesson Four: Machine configurations

  • Lesson Five: Understanding the control panels

  • Lesson Six: Important procedures needed to run the machine


3) Know the three compensation types

  • Lesson Seven: Understanding compensation

  • Lesson Eight: Geometry offsets and assigning program zero

  • Lesson Nine: Wear offsets

  • Lesson Ten: Tool nose radius compensation


4) Master the tasks to run a CNC machining center

  • Lesson Eleven: Tasks related to making setups

  • Lesson Twelve: Tasks related to completing a production run


Each lesson includes a presentation, reading material (a portion of the manual), and a test that will be graded.  If you have questions during a lesson, answers are just an email away.

When you complete this class, you'll know what it takes to setup and run a CNC turning center.  While you will still need hands-on practice with an actual machine (practice you'll get from your employer), you will understand the concepts needed to setup and run a machine.


ELC-TCSO ~ Turning Center Setup and Operation On-Line Class ~ $149.00


AT-TCSO ~ 30-Day Active Student Extension ~ $50.00


 Allow one business day for us to send the welcome email that contains your download link.

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