I posted this request in the Mazak forum, and realized that this area may be more appropriate. Following is a copy/paste version of my original.
I've recently been hired to work in a manufacturing facility, and am operating a Mazak VCN 510C-II. I was hired based on my previous (non CNC) machining and shop experience, and told I would be trained on the Mazak. It was intimidating, because the only CNC machines I've run are a benchtop 3 axis mill I own, and a CNC grinder I built which operated from the computer/controller that came with the mill (Microkinetics).
My training has consisted of being told the basics while I hurriedly wrote down notes, plus the daily operation of the machine. Someone else has done the set ups and loaded the programs, I merely load and unload parts and run the machining cycles.
I'm sure I'm capable of running this and similar machines, but am in need of advice and education. Primarily, I would like to take an online class or classes specifically aimed at running the Mazak. In fact, I feel that my keeping this job depends on my getting training beyond what I'm recieving at work, as machine time and the availability of instruction seems limited.
If courses of study aren't available, are there any resources on the internet where I can look up methods on how to set up and run this machine?