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Entry Requirements

An understanding of manual machining would be desirable but not essential.

A good level of English is required.

Who is the course for

This is an introductory practical course suitable for anyone currently working in, or wishing to enter into an engineering environment which uses this technology now or is looking to use it in the future. Candidates will be introduced to the principles and use of computer numerical control (CNC) to regulate the operation of machines which cut metal and other types of material using CNC mills and lathes.

Course Content

  • Health & safety considerations
  • Using simulation software to prove the design of a component
  • Understand the principles of computer numerical control (CNC) machines and how these compare to traditional manual machines
  • Setting up the machine and configuring offsets and automatic tool changes
  • Understand how to interpret a component specifications and produce operational plans for manufacture
  • Understand how to produce part programs and manufacture components using CNC mills and lathes

Study Methods

Lectures, practicals and demonstrations

How is the course assessed

On going informal assessment throughout the course

Where next - Further Studies

  • AutoCAD 2014 (2D)
  • 3D Modelling & Digital Printing
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Introduction to Turning (Lathes)
  • Turning (Lathes) Intermediate level.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Variety in the Engineering sector.

More Information

  • Please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 7 July 2016.

How to Apply

This course requires an informal interview.

To arrange an assessment and interview time please contact Information, Advice & Guidance on 01895 853333.

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