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Assessment Name: Foundational CNC Machinist Assessment Test – Nov ‘16
Number of Questions: 159
Description: The Foundational CNC Machinist Assessment tests basic concepts for a beginner-level machinist, including safety, basic measurement, print reading, and applied mathematics. Topic areas also include identifying the components and functionality of the CNC Lathe and CNC Mill, manual machining, and workholding concepts. The assessment also contains a comprehensive group of questions on metal cutting, including identifying tool geometry, speeds and feeds, and cutting fluids. All questions map to TU-SME classes.
Instructions: This online test requires uninterrupted access to a computer with an Internet connection. For math-related questions, please have paper and pencils on hand for your calculations. Textbooks, calculators, and other electronic devices are NOT allowed.

The assessment covers the following classes:

Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
Classes 1 to 10 of 53
Grinding Wheel Geometry 220

This class describes the major types of grinding wheels listed in the ANSI standard and explains the relationship between wheel geometry and workpiece shape.

Machining Online Intermediate 1.0 Abrasives
Dressing and Truing 230

This class describes the common methods used to balance, true, and dress a standard grinding wheel.

Machining Online Intermediate 1.0 Abrasives
Grinding Processes 201

"Grinding Processes" provides a comprehensive overview of the various types of grinding used in modern manufacturing environments. Surface, cylindrical, centerless, and internal grinding processes are commonly used for workpieces of various shapes. Surface grinding is further distinguished by whether the ...

Machining Online Intermediate 2.0 Abrasives
Grinding Safety 211

"Grinding Safety" provides an overview of safety concerns and precautions for grinding operations. Grinding machines, wheels, and fluids pose a number of safety hazards, so operators must take proper preventative measures. Wheel guards can protect grinding operators from flying shards ...

Machining Online Intermediate 2.0 Abrasives
Basics of the CNC Lathe 211

“Basics of the CNC Lathe” explains the components and functions of both the chucker and bar machine CNC lathe varieties. CNC lathes have spindles that spin workpieces held in chucks or collets. A carriage and cross slide move along ways ...

Machining Online Intermediate 2.0 CNC
Basics of the CNC Mill 212

“Basics of the CNC Mill” explains the components and function of CNC mills. A CNC mill produces flat or curved surfaces on square or rectangular workpieces. CNC mills may have a vertical spindle or a horizontal spindle and either their ...

Machining Online Intermediate 2.0 CNC
Basic Measurement 101

The class “Basic Measurement” offers an overview of common gaging and variable inspection tools and methods. Variable inspection takes a specific measurement using common devices such as calipers and micrometers. The sensitivity of the instrument must be greater than the ...

Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Inspection
Calibration Fundamentals 210

This class describes the calibration process and explains how measuring instruments are traced back to national and international standards. Includes an Interactive Lab.

Foundational Online Intermediate 1.0 Inspection
Basics of Tolerance 121

“Basics of Tolerance” provides a comprehensive overview on part tolerancing, including different types of tolerances and the relationship between tolerances and part dimensions. Every manufactured part must meet certain specifications. Tolerances describe the range of acceptable measurements in which a ...

Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Inspection
Blueprint Reading 131

The class “Blueprint Reading” provides a thorough understanding of blueprints and how to read them. Blueprints are documents that contain three major elements: the drawing, dimensions, and notes. The drawing illustrates the views of the part necessary to show its ...

Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Inspection