This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the functions, machining operations and safe use of this workshop machine. This course will allow teaching and support staff to successfully and safely implement lathe turning projects into the curriculum and /or deliver SQA based coursework.
This two day course will take place in an engineering workshop environment and will involve setting up and using a number different types of tooling to perform facing, taper, parallel, knurling, threading, drilling and parting processes.
All aspects of machine parts, functions and safe use will be covered.  Practical work will be supported by demonstrations from professionals and key presentations will cover the theory and safety aspects.
One to one guidance when performing machining operation will also be provided.
Course Dates:  26th - 27th March 2025
Closing Date for applications: 21st February 2025

Course Leader

Duncan Lamb
01383 626070


Overnight accommodation between day 1 and 2 can be provided on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at a local hotel. Please refer to the cost tab for the residential course fees.


The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.


Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Residential, with accommodation) – £200
Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Non-Residential, no accommodation) – £90
The total course fee is £500 (Residential) and £390 (Non-Residential) but SSERC are subsidising this course fee to the value of £300


Participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate safety precautions necessary for the safe operation of the centre lathe.  
  • Demonstrate how to set tools and prepare the centre lathe for safe use.  
  • Demonstrate how to operate the centre lathe to carry out the following basic functions safely. – Facing Off,  Parallel turning, Taper turning, Drilling, Threading, Turning between centres, Parting, Knurling, Boring
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tool grinding angles and cutting speeds.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work holding methods.