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NSDC Course: Machining Technician - Lathe

Learn about the safe and effective use of CNC machine tools and the skills to become an efficient machine operator.

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This free online NSDC machining course teaches about the safe and efficient handling of the lathe tool. The demand for CNC machine tools and computer-controlled operators has increased dramatically in the past decade, creating a plethora of new opportunities for machining technicians. With this course, you will learn the safe and efficient handling of CNC machine tools so you can become a highly-qualified lathe machine operator.





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This course begins with an introduction to metrology which is the study of measurement. You will learn that a measurement unit shows the size or amount of something and in order to complete your job correctly, you need to know all about the measurements such as width, length, height, weight and time. You will study different measurement systems and terms as well as how to convert values between the systems.

You will then study the difference between 2D and 3D geometrical shapes. This course will also discuss the basic properties of materials including hardness, ductility, toughness. It will teach you the different operations with the lathe machine and the importance of CNC and the safety and maintenance procedures associated with it. In addition, you will learn how to behave accordingly in the workplace, and so much more!

An understanding of the different functions of a lathe machine, proper communication, and a confident behavior in the workplace are important requirements for a lathe machine operator. Upon the completion of this course, you will learn all these and gain a greater knowledge of the measurement terms and systems, engineering drawings of simple parts, the use of different measuring instruments, and a whole lot more. Sign up for this course and start learning today!

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Module 1: Metrology - Part I

Module 2: Metrology - Part II

Module 3: Metallurgy and Safety

Module 4: Conventional Turning - Part I

Module 5: Outer Diameter (OD) Turning

Module 6: Turning Between Centers

Module 7: Taper Turning

Module 8: Conventional Turning Part I - Test Your Learning

Module 9: Conventional Turning - Part II

Module 11: External Grooving

Module 12: Case Study 1 - Practice Manual Turning Operations

Module 13: Conventional Turning Part II - Test Your Learning

Module 14: CNC Turning - Part I

Module 15: Coordinate Systems - Cartesian

Module 16: CNC Turning Part I - Test Your Learning

Module 17: CNC Turning - Part II

Module 18: Mounting of Tool Holders on Turret

Module 19: Machining a Component with a Developed Part Program and Component Inspection – Practical

Module 20: CNC Turning Part II - Test Your Learning

Module 21: Soft Skills

Module 22: Maching Technician - Lathe - Graded Assessment

Module 10: Boring

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to: - Explain measurement terms and systems; - Identify the parts of a lathe machine; - Convert values between the measurement systems; - Explain how to use different measuring instruments; - Identify and distinguish between 2D and 3D geometrical shapes; - Read engineering drawings of simple parts; - Develop part programs for simple components; - Produce parts or components in auto cycle; - Adjust the tool or offset data to correct the deviations in part dimensions; - Change the cutting tools or carbide insets after full wear; - State the basic properties of materials (hardness, ductility, toughness); - Perform different operations with the lathe machine; - Define the importance of CNC; - Become aware of safety and maintenance associated with a lathe machine; - Recognise how to behave accordingly in the work place.


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