The Training Problem:

Millings Flats Facing increasing competition both nationally and abroad, manufacturers need more highly skilled workers to survive. But shops often can't afford to take valuable production off their machines to teach or to allow their best operators to spend a large part of their day being teachers. In addition, the variety of CNC controls found on swiss lathes has made it difficult to cross-train individuals. Attempts at self-teaching using the operator's manual provided by the machine-tool builder has proven difficult if not impossible. Most manuals are designed as reference material, not teaching tools, and were frequently translated from other languages.

The MasterTask Solution:

MasterTask training, with 40 years of experience in developing courseware for machinery operators, gives you the tools you need to meet the challenge. This course achieves four major goals:

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 practice the tasks without the pressures of production situations or the fear of damaging equipment.
  3. Give you the power to select exactly the training materials you need.
  4. Learn at your own pace with a schedule that meets your needs without relying on on-the-job instructors that may not be completely prepared themselves.

Focused Instruction and Testing:

Removing Collet To make sure you learn exactly what you need, you select the model of CNC Swiss lathes and bar loaders when you register for the course. The course includes common models of Citizen, Star, and Tsugami lathes as well as the bar loaders made by Citizen, Iemca, and LNS.


Most schools cannot afford to have examples of all the common CNC controls, yet those are the skills you need in today's competitiuve world. You'll be tested on realistic simulations of the computer screens and control panels you will find in industry. You will learn the job tasks, and if you're already employed in the industry, you can put them into practice each day as your knowledge grows. You really can "work smarter, not harder".

Covering the Tasks:

Thread Turning To be a productive machinist, there is more to learn than the CNC control. 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 and adjusting collets and guide bushings.


The four levels within the course begin with the basics and advance from Machine Tender, to Operator, Setup Operator, and eventually Setup Programmer. Your skills will give you the potential to advance within this growing portion of manufacturing.

Reports from many trainees indicate they are able to handle just about any brand or model of CNC control once they complete this course, even those not specifically covered in the material.

The Learning Sequence:

Inspecting Tool After viewing a module, you will answer the questions in the Work Sheet for that Level. You can go between the Work Sheet and the Core and Specific sections of the module until you feel they have all the information. Then you can begin the Interactive Test. The test questions that will appear will be determined by the choices you made for the course. Once you answer all the questions in a test, you'll be allowed to advance to the next module or section. You'll have help available at the click of the mouse. E-mail our consultants if you have any questions about a test item for a quick reply.