The Problem:

Measure Tool Facing increasing competition both nationally and abroad, manufacturers are calling upon the educational system to supply more highly skilled workers to survive. But schools can't afford to invest in the growing variety of CNC machinery that is likely to be found in their local shops. In addition to the costs involved, it has become increasingly difficult for instructors to be knowledgeable on all the common models of CNC controls along with their use of both G & M code and conversational programming techniques.

The MasterTask Solution:

MasterTask set the standard in competency-based instruction during the last 40 years. Because the operation and adjustment of a machine tool requires a high degree of accuracy, we would recommend you consider using the MasterTask 100% approach. You will find that the course only covers knowledge and skills needed to perform the job, therefore, learning less than all of the information can be the source of unnecessary operator error.

G18 Plane The course material is organized in a logical progression. New students first acquire the skills of a machinery operator, then progress to become a set up person, and finally a set up programmer. Experienced operators can quickly overcome their inefficiencies and produce better quality, increased productivity and reduced operating costs.

This course achieve four major goals:

  1. Provide instruction on the major brands of CNC Controls and include both G & M code and conversational programming.
  2. Provide simulations of the controls so you can satisfy the needs of local manufacturers without the expense of more equipment.
  3. Make it easy for instructors to manage a class with a diversity of students and needs.
  4. Allow a range of instructional approaches including Open-Entry Open-Exit, classroom, and on-location.

Focused Instruction and Testing:

Press Button To make sure your students learn exactly what they need, you select the CNC control models found on your machines when you register each student for the online course. The CNC controls include the common models of GE Fanuc, Fanuc, General Numeric, Haas, Okuma and Mazak. It is estimated that 85% or more of the lathes in shops today use one of the controls covered by this course.

Other control models will be added to the course in the future. You will have access to the additional instruction but your cost per module will not change within your commitment period.


Most schools cannot afford to have examples of all the common CNC controls, yet those are the skills students need in today's manufacturing plants. Your students will be tested with realistic simulations of the computer screens and control panels found in the industry. They will learn their job tasks without tying up your limited lab equipment, or making costly mistakes that damage your machinery and tooling.

Covering the Tasks:

Tool Path Graphic While you will select the CNC controls your students will learn, this performance-based course does not simply teach controls. All of the common operating and set up tasks are covered including topics like troubleshooting faulty part features, reducing cycle time and even basic tasks such as mounting a fixture and aligning it to the axes of the machining center.

Other Controls:

Touch Off Many schools using the original version of this course reported their students were able to handle other control types much more easily because of the greater understanding of the principles and techniques taught throughout the course. Even if your controls are not included, you can select one or more controls which are similar and use the Adapt Test function to select the test items that most closely match the control and processes.

The Learning Sequence:

Mill Cutting After viewing a module, the student will answer the questions in the Work Sheet for that Level. Answers to the Work Sheet questions are found in the printable Instructor's Guide or can be viewed online. Students can go between the Work Sheet and the Core and Specific sections of the module until they feel they have all the information. Then they can begin the Interactive Test. As indicated above, the test questions that will appear will be determined by the choices made by the instructor for the class.