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Introduction to CNC (Advanced Manufacture)


This practical based course will provide you with the basic skills and an appreciation of CNC machining in Engineering for both CNC milling and CNC turning machines.

As automation in the engineering sector increases, the use of CNC to machines to produce highly complex and accurate parts for all sectors has increased and there is a need now for skilled people in all roles associated with CNC.

This short course is suitable for those with an interest in CNC, those wishing for a steppingstone into the industry or those wishing to upskill to CNC programmer/ setter/ operator roles.

Start dates and fees

Courses are due to start in early 2022. Dates/times are still being finalised. Please contact us for further details.

  • If you are 19+ and unemployed and receiving relevant benefit – course is Free
  • If you are 19+ not receiving benefit the course will cost you £75

What will I study?

You will study some of the following topics so that you have a practical understanding of CNC machining:

  • Introduction to CNC turning
  • Introduction to CNC milling
  • Safe machine set up
  • Use of G and M code to produce CNC programs
  • Using CNC machines safely

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course just an interest to attend and learn about CNC machining

How long is the course?

The course is 3 hours per week on Tuesday evenings from 5.30-8.30pm for 7 weeks (21 hours in total).

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal assessments for this course. However, we will help and teach you the basics of how to do the following:

  • Basic machining theory
  • Setting of cutting tool offsets
  • Setting of Work offsets and datums
  • Writing CNC programs using G and M code
  • Proving CNC programs
  • Safe operation of CNC machines when producing parts

What does the course lead to?

This is an interest only course that is non-accredited. This course is not designed specifically to lead to employment but could initiate an interest or option for you to follow pathways into employment or further training:

  • A level 3 apprenticeship in the disciplines of Maintenance, Design, Mechanical or Electrical engineering as a well as an Operative or Programmer in Automation and Robotic related industries
  • A level 2/3 full-time course such as the Level 3 Robotics and Automation programme
  • Full-time employment within the engineering industry

What can I progress onto?

You can go on to study other accredited or non-accredited courses. The courses listed below are our accredited courses:

  • Level 2/3 Machining
  • Level 2/3 Engineering Operations and Maintenance
  • Level 2/3 Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 1/2/3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering


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