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Product: CD-Rom Course

Turning Center Setup and Operation

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342 page manual with quizzes, tests, & answers, and 4-hour CD-rom disc

By sheer numbers alone, a company's CNC environment is populated most with operators and setup people. A company having ten CNCs may have but one programmer - but they'll likely have several setup people, and as many as fifteen to thirty operators (depending upon the number of shifts they run).


For this reason, companies have the most trouble finding, hiring, and keeping people to setup and run their CNC machines.  If you're a person who's looking to get into the field of CNC, this course makes a great place to start.  If you're an employer who needs to quickly bring newcomers up to speed, this course will jump-start your in-plant training program.  Students will learn what is involved with setting up and running CNC turning centers. 


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Content and scope

In this course, we assume the student has very little or no previous experience in a manufacturing environment. Indeed, the first Key Concept is devoted to teaching basic machining practices, and gets the student ready to learn about CNC. Topics here include shop safety, shop math, blueprint reading, tolerance interpretation, measuring devices, and machining operations performed on machining centers.

While these topics are often considered prerequisite to learning about CNC, more and more people are entering the field of CNC with little or no shop experience – so we include this very important prerequisite information.

We use a Key Concepts approach to teaching CNC. This proven tutorial method allows us to stress the reasons why things are done as importantly as how they’re done. It provides a building blocks approach to learning. And it limits the number of things the student must master in order to become proficient.

The Key Concepts are further divided into lessons. Most lessons include quizzes and practice right in the text (answers provided close by) and every lesson ends with a test (answers provided at the end of the text). This combination of visual and audio presentation, tutorial text, explanatory illustrations, and lots of practice dramatically simplifies the task of learning how to setup and run a CNC turning center.  And it can be used over and over again - an important consideration for any employer.

There are four Key Concepts divided into twelve lessons:

  • Key Concept number one: 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?

  • Key Concept number two: 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

  • Key Concept number three: 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

  • Key Concept number four: Master the tasks to run a CNC turning center

    • Lesson Eleven: Tasks related to making setups

    • Lesson Twelve: Tasks related to completing a production run


When finished with this course, students will have a firm understanding of what it takes to setup and run a CNC turning center. However, we must point out that there’s more to learning how to setup and run a CNC machining center than can read in a book or watched on a video. Students will need hands-on practice with an actual CNC turning center in order to fully master its use.  This means employers must still provide some on-the-job training in conjunction with this course.

Even with this limitation, we do provide the classroom-type training and the theory that a student must understand before they can spend any meaningful time at a CNC turning center.

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CDR-TCSO ~ Turning center CD-rom course ~ $169.00

CC-TCSO-M ~ Extra manual for above ~ $70.00 

CDR-TCSO-D ~ Courseware (CD-rom disk) only ~ $99.00

Note: This product is not available for delivery by downloading.

Multiple course discount: We offer a substantial discount for each additional (identical) course purchased. First course is $169.00 (full price). Each additional Machining Center Programming, Setup, & Operation course: $100.00. Each additional course includes an additional CD and another manual.  If you order five courses of the same title, for example, the total price will be $569.00 and will include five CDs and five manuals.  There is no time limit.  You can purchase additional (identical) courses at any time and still get the discount.

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