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CD-rom course:

Machining center setup and operation

Four hours of presentation on the CD-rom disk!


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

Machining Center Setup and Operation CD rom Course 

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 machining 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 machining 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 machining centers
  Lesson One: Basic machining practices required for machining centers
  Lesson Two: What does a CNC machining 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: Fixture offsets and assigning program zero
  Lesson Nine: Tool length compensation
  Lesson Ten: Cutter radius compensation

Key Concept number four: 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

When finished with this course, students will have a firm understanding of what it takes to setup and run a CNC machining 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 machining 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 machining center.

Still want to know more?  Here are some pages from the course manual:

Confused about which of our training materials is right for you?

Our training alternatives page will help you decide.



CDR-MCSO ~ Machining center CD-rom course ~ $159.00 ~ [ ADD TO CART]

CC-MCSO-M ~ Extra manual for above ~ $60.00 ~ [ ADD TO CART]

CDR-MCSO-D ~ Courseware (CD-rom disk) only ~ $99.00~[ ADD TO CART ]

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

Pricing alternatives- To facilitate affordable pricing, we sell the components of this course separately. The CD-rom disk ($99.00) makes a formidable training tool all by itself. When combined with the student manual ($60.00 additional), the student will have a portable reference to use long after completing the course.

Multiple course discount: We offer a substantial discount for each additional (identical) course purchased. First course is $159.00 (full price). Each additional Machining Center Programming, Setup, & Operation course: $90.00. 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 $519.00 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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