The Training Problem:

Push Button One week at the factory school followed by on-the-job training leaves most operators with a lack of understanding that leads to long setups, scrap, rework, tool damage, downtime and mystery crashes. The operator manuals provided with the machines are difficult to use, hard to understand and not designed as teaching tools. Through trial-and-error individuals have found techniques that have occasionally been successful and have memorized those methods. However, practice doesn't make perfect, it simply makes permanent. Operators get better at doing it "their way", not the best way.

When new trainees rely on these poorly trained individuals as teachers, the problems multiply. Now there is a better way of training with a better result. Hundreds of case studies prove MasterTask has the answer.

The MasterTask Solution:

Drill Graphic 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.

The course material is organized in a logical progression. New trainees 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.

Focused Instruction and Testing:

Chuck Jaws To make sure your trainees learn exactly what they need, you select the CNC control models found on your machines when they are initially registered in the computer-based management system. 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.


Your operators will be tested with realistic simulations of the computer screens and control panels found on your equipment. They will learn their skills in simulation without tying up your machines, making teachers out of your best operators, or allowing costly mistakes that damage equipment and cause the loss of valuable production time.

Covering the Tasks:

Threading Graphic While you will select the CNC controls your trainees 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 chuck, installing jaws, and turning the jaw surfaces.

Other Controls:

Lathe Cutting Many shops using the original version of this course reported their trainees were able to handle other control types much more easily because of the greater understanding of the principles and techniques taught throughout he 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.

Flexible Design:

Mastering CNC Lathes is divided into 5 courses. Each course has between 4 and 6 lessons. The course manager can control what skills a person learns by activating or deactivating individual lessons within a course. The normal sequence of learning builds the skills starting with machinery operator, then setup operator, and finally setup/programmer.

Course 1: The Basic CNC Lathe
Course 2: Understanding Part Programs
Course 3: Lathe Operator Skills
Course 4: Basic Setup Skills
Course 5: Advanced Setup Skills

The Learning Sequence:

Chuck Spinning Each course includes a number of lessons. For example, Course 1 has four lessons. The instruction for each lesson is found on a professionally produced color DVD. The DVD chapter menu allows the trainee to select the CNC control type to learn. After viewing a lesson, the trainee can turn to the work sheet for that lesson found in the Student Guide for that course. Answers to the Student Guide work sheet questions are found in the Instructor's Guide. After completing a Student Guide test, a trainee can begin the CD-ROM test. The CNC control, or controls, selected by the course manager when registering the trainee in the course determines which questions will be presented to the trainee.