Introduction to using Centre Lathes for Metal Turning Operations //

Learners will develop their knowledge of the function and construction of a metal cutting centre lathe. They will develop the basic skills needed to safely and effectively set work pieces and tooling to perform metal cutting operations. Learners will manufacture a variety of components from a range of metals referring to basic engineering drawings as they do so.

What's involved?

The five day course will introduce learners to the theory and practical skills required to manufacture basic cylindrical components to engineering drawings as a metal cutting centre lathe operator. The course will develop learner skills in reading simple engineering drawings and understanding the fundamental principles involved when safely setting the machine, the work holding device, the work piece and selecting speeds and feeds. Learners will practice using the functions of the machine to perform a range of cutting operations including external diameter cutting, facing, parting, grooving, drilling and boring; finally producing a selection of metal components which they can take away.

Entry requirements

Learners must arrive equipped with steel toecap safety footwear and overalls to engage in workshop activity. Eye protection will be provided by TyneMet college.


This course is delivered in a one week block, 09:00 - 16:00, 03 July to 07 July.


The fee for this course is £329 per person and includes all course materials.

Course detail
Start Jul 2017
Cost 329.00
Attendance Part-time
Duration 5 day block
Campus IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation