Manual Centre Lathe (Turning) Overview

Turning is a material removal process which is used to manufacture components. The turning process requires a lathe, workpiece, workholding, tool holding and cutting tools. The material is held in the workholding; either a chuck, mandrel or other fixture, and the cutting tools are set along with appropriate speeds (RPM) and feeds. The cutting tools are moved in the Z and X axis to remove metal and therefore produce the component needed.


Training & Content

Duration:  5 days


  • Time – Faster in small batch machining than CNC
  • Understanding – ‘Feel’ the control of the machine opposed to CNC machining
  • Costs – Decrease maintenance costs by repairing rather than replacing

Introduction to Manual Machining

  • Health and Safety
  • Hazard identification
  • PPE requirements

Centre Lathe Setup/Shutdown

  • Parts of a lathe
  • Lathe controls
  • RPM and feed rates
  • Correct work and tool holding


  • Planning the operations
  • Using different turning operations
  • Turning components
  • Tips and techniques
  • Using measuring equipment


  • Recognise and rectify specification defects

Practical Competence Tests

  • Practical tests to confirm learning



Either a:

  • Nationally recognised Certificate of competence
  • TDR Certificate of competence upon completion of training


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