CNC Milling Course #2 – Hands on Milling - Operator to Setter


Organisation profile

IMR is Ireland's leading independent research and technology organisation, RTO. All Irish Manufacturing Research’s projects focus on translational innovation projects, in collaboration with industry, to demystify, de-risk and deliver emerging concepts, processes and technologies.

Training aim

This is a basic CNC milling course designed for people with some knowledge and experience of the machining process and CNC controls but who want to fully understand the various aspects of the CNC milling process to better enable them to set up and optimise production jobs.The course is aimed at operators looking to acquire new and upgrade existing skills, and at adult learners with knowledge and experience of the machining process looking to make the step up to CNC Programming. 

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the participants will have acquired basic knowledge of CNC operation and setting of already developed programmes for CNC Precision Mills. Each candidate will develop a standard check sheet for successful part setting relevant to their own environment. 

Course outline

The course is suitable for customers with controlled CNC mills who are using ISO programming. Course content covers three axis milling with a consideration for 4 and 5 axis machines. 

Each module of the course will be delivered at the CNC machine with live demonstrations of each step over the course duration. 

Candidates must wear appropriate PPE.

Trainer's profile

Mr. Jeff Hart is Manager of Mills Training Academy for 16 years.

Started career as an apprentice Toolmaker in 1972 ~ 1976, and with quite high qualifications achieved was asked at the age of 21 to start part time teaching in a college YOPS (Youth Opportunity Scheme) for 5 years while simultaneously working in a Company as a Toolmaker with Plastic Injection Moulds. 

While at the Company, took the opportunity to learn Programming in Heidenhain and Fanuc. Several years later in 1985 the chance to join Fanuc came up and was employed as the Training Manager. Travelled all over Europe training Machine Tool Builders, Agents and Fanuc Employees in Programming, Service Issues and New products from Fanuc. 

After 10 years Mills CNC joined them as their Training Manager and create a training centre in the Midlands which was ultimate ambition. 

Since Mills started the Training Academy we have had over 8,000 students come through the system, not just from the UK but many from Ireland, Egypt, India & Poland etc. 

Qualifications include: 

City & Guilds in Production Engineering Full Cert. 

D32 & D34 level qualified for NVQ’s (Non Vocational Qualifications) 

Fanuc Controlled Lathes up to 9 Axes 

Fanuc Controlled Machining Centres up to 5 Axes 

Heidenhain 5 Axes Machining Centres.    

Siemens ShopMill & Shopturn  

FeatureCam, Cimco & FAPT Software trained. 

Mr. Chris Judge is the Machining Applications Specialist for subtractive manufacturing at Irish Manufacturing research. His expertise lies in his experience growing an advanced technology and modern precision engineering company in a fast-paced environment. Chris has extensive experience within the precision engineering sector working with technologies from CNC machining, abrasive waterjet cutting to EDM. Researched and implemented new and emerging technologies to ensure Prodieco always stayed competitive in their market sector. Chris is currently leading other research programmes and involved in EU funded research programmes within the Irish precision engineering space. 

Course duration

3 Days

Assessment & Certification

Written course evaluation. 21 hours CPD

Who should attend

This course is designed for operators currently operating CNC machines at a very high level i.e., programming at controller.  Applicants must already be well versed in Fanuc or Similar Programming and a good understanding of Mathematics would be advisable.