The benchwork course is designed for any candidates moving into mechanical maintenance. Training is aimed at individuals who have little or no bench fitting or machine tool experience.

Candidates will be shown how to use a range of hand tools and a pedestal drill and, on completion, will be expected to cut, shape and drill a component accurately and safely.

Also will be shown how to remove broken studs and fasteners from a component and provide a suitable replacement. This course may be used as a starting point for the remaining mechanical courses if required.

What you'll learn

The course will focus on how to use a bench and/or pedestal drill safely. Candidates will also be shown how to use a selection of hand tools safely so that a selection of materials can be cut and sized accurately. The main focus of the training is to allow the candidate to use this variety of equipment to produce a finished test piece to size and tolerance. The candidate will also be shown how to use standard industrial measuring equipment during this part of the training.

Course Objective

  • Candidates to use measuring equipment correctly and accurately
  • Candidates to set the work piece and cutting tools correctly in a pedestal/bench drill
  • Candidates to set the correct machine speeds and feeds for a given material
  • Candidates to use a range of hand tools safely
  • Candidates to cut and size a component accurately

Time frame

A 3 day course.


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additional information

This course can also be used as a good starting point for technical operator training.

All our standard courses and bespoke courses may be delivered on-site at IPS or customer premises.

These courses can be used in conjunction with an NVQ programme to support and supplement the practical skills requirements.