Structure and Sequence:

The course is divided into 4 Levels. Each Level has a number of instructional Modules which may include both "Core" and "Specific" sections. A Core section covers the general aspects of the topic that apply to all CNC controls, even those not shown in the Specific sections.

Each Specific section explains how a particular CNC control handles the topic being taught. Level 1 is shown below as an example. After watching the Core and Specific instruction, you answer the printed Work Sheet questions to be sure that you have acquired all the information. Then the Interactive Test for each Module can be completed. Once all the test questions are 100% correct, you can begin the next module.

Level Structure

- 4 Levels of Instruction -
Level 1:
Level 2:
Level 3:
Level 4:
Basic Operating Skills
Advanced Operating Skills
Basic Setup Skills
Advanced Setup Skills
9 Modules with 24 Sections
7 Modules with 20 Sections
6 Modules with 19 Sections
8 Modules with 14 Sections

Modules and Sections:

In the 30 modules there are 77 Sections of instruction. On average, each Section is 10 minutes in length. A section topic would cover information or a task that must be mastered by the individual, for example, troubshooting quality defects. For a topic such as this, since there are very few differences between machines, the instructional Module shows the procedure on typical CNC Swiss lathes.

If you wish to be informed about CNC but not operate a machine, Levels 1 would be appropriate. If you wish to operate a CNC Swiss lathe but will not be setting them up, Levels 1 and 2 would provide the instruction. If you wish to be a setup operator that will not be doing any editing to correct problems, Levels 1, 2, and 3 should be used. If you want to be a complete setup programmer, all 4 Levels should be utilized.

Module Flow:

Module Flow As you begin this module, you will see the Core section of instruction. Next, they would only see the instruction for the specific Swiss lathe control from the three sections of specific instruction available for that module. In this example, Citizen.

The Work Sheet, generated and printed from the web pages for this individual, would include questions covering both the Core and Citizen specific instruction. As you attempt to answer the questions, you can return to look at either the Core or Specific instruction as many times as you need. Taking the time to answer all the Work Sheet questions will make it much easier for you to answer the Interactive test that follows.

Once you complete the Work Sheet, you can proceed to the Interactive Test online. The test may have all of the Core questions followed by all the Specific questions, or it may have the Specific questions interspersed within the Core material. The order the questions are presented will follow the sequence used in the instructional material.

Real-World Examples:

Most scenes were recorded in manufacturing shops and show actual production environments and workpieces. Computer animations and graphics are used to explain some concepts. To see samples of the instruction click on the Free Samples section.