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Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

A good level of English is required.

Who is the course for

This course covers the competences required for a broad range of basic turning activities using lathes.

Course Content

The course covers the following areas:

  • General introduction to workshop Health and Safety Regulations, including the use of PPE
  • Introduction to the Lathe (including safety features) and identification of the basic component parts
  • Preparing the lathe for operation
  • Planning a task and identifying the sequence of operations required
  • Setting and using cutting speeds and feeds
  • An introduction to and the use of vernier callipers and micrometer measuring instruments
  • To produce a component or work piece combining the use of various operations, i.e. turned diameters, knurling, drilling, internal/external thread forming etc
  • Possible turning fault identification and solution
  • Good workshop practice

Study Methods

Various workshop activities and lectures.

Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is compulsory in the workshop - Safety Boots and Overalls (three quarter length).

These may be purchased from Amazon, B&Q or locally at All Weather Corner, Hayes tel: 0208 573 0300.

Please note the overalls should be navy colour and are described as workshop or warehouse coats at many outlets.

Candidates must provide their own safety boots and overalls.

Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is compulsory in the workshop and may be purchased from Amazon, B&Q or locally at All Weather Corner, Hayes, Tel: 020 8573 0300.

Please note the overalls should be navy colour and are described as ‘workshop’ or ‘warehouse coats’ at many outlets, Safety boots are also required.

How is the course assessed

There is no formal assessment.

Candidates will receive a College Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the course.

Where next - Further Studies

  • Introduction to CNC Machining
  • AutoCad 2014
  • Turning (Lathes) Intermediate Level
  • 3D Modelling & Digital Printing
  • BTEC Level Diploma in Mechancial Engineering.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Various jobs 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

You can enrol and pay online for this course. Please click the orange Enrol Now button below.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Wed 18 January 2017

Starts: 18/01/2017

Duration: 6 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Wednesday 18:00 to 21:00

Total College Fee: £295.00

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