CNC Turning / CNC Lathe


This class coves the components and tools used in basic cnc turning operations. The class focuses on set up and operations of the Haas CNC Lathe. Students will use GRCC lab to machine projects to hone their newly acquired skills. Each day of class will consist of 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of lab time.

Course Outcomes


  • Manually operate machine
  • Send machine to home position
  • Differentiate between right and left hand cutting tools
  • Identify proper spindle rotation direction
  • Define tools in tool data menu
  • Measure tool offsets and select tools
  • List and delete programs in program file
  • Create a new program file
  • Select appropriate tooling, processes and cutting conditions to machine assigned parts
  • Program facing, profiling, grooving, threading and drilling operations
  • Use calculating features to determine taper and arc coordinates
  • Select appropriate speeds, feeds and depth of cut
  • Verify toolpath using toolpath feature
  • Test program using simulate feature
  • Perform set-up operations for each
  • Demonstrate competency by machining final project
  • Program using proper G and M Codes

  • Requirements to complete the class:

  • Students must demonstrate skills by completing project work.

  • Instructor Profile:

    Andy Beach has been a leader in the manufacturing industry for 20 years from owning a CNC shop, starting and managing a manufacturing team in a multi-million-dollar company, working as an Applications Engineer for a top machine sales company. A senior CNC machinist and programmer. Andy has an associate degree from Ferris State University in Manufacturing Tooling Technology. Currently he owns a consulting business where he provides instruction both in Industry and at Grand Rapids Community College.
    This course is not currently scheduled. Please email us at for information about the next offering or if you are a business looking for customized training.