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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.

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 etc.

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

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: 20 December 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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