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Introduction to CNC Machining (Adult Course)


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course will introduce you to the principles and machine structures, planning for manufacture, part programming and basic CNC operation and manufacture. Working from technical engineering drawings, you will develop basic G and M code programs, prove their validity and produce components.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start on Friday 6th January 2023 and will take six weeks to complete. You will attend College on a Friday, from 1.15pm - 4.15pm.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

What will I study?

You will cover a range of units such as:

  • Operation planning for manufacture
  • Manual part program creation using G and M codes
  • CNC milling and turning programming methods
  • Interpretation of engineering drawings
  • Program simulation and editing
  • Advanced CNC programming techniques

You will also learn how to load, store, retrieve, transfer and run part programs on CNC machines, complying with all relevant health and safety procedures.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment. The course is aimed to increase your own knowledge of CNC machines.

You will receive instruction and training on a one-to-one basis, tailored to your own level of understanding. The tutor will ask you what your interests are in advance of the course so they can understand your individual requirements.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

There are no formal entry requirements. However, a keen interest in engineering and improving your skills would be beneficial.

What are the course fees?

The course fee is £230.

There are also a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may want to develop your skills further and progress on to one of our accredited engineering qualifications.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.


Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

Ref: Mark Thornett

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