CNC (Computer numerical controller) Machinist/Operator

CNC machinists operate computer numerical control machines to precisely cut, shape, and fabricate materials, playing a crucial role in manufacturing by producing accurate and high-quality components for various industries.

Day-to-day Tasks

A CNC machinist makes precision parts. Taking a metal bar, forging or casting and converting it to a finished part using a precision machine. A CNC machinist is also responsible for programming the CNC machine tool with data from technical drawings, first line quality checks including measuring and visually inspecting parts that come off their work centre. It is common for CNC machinist jobs to exist at various levels depending on qualification, skill and experience.

Skills and knowledge

 You will need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Requirements 

  • an engineering apprenticeship
  • previous experience as a CNC Machinist
  • relevant transferable skills in another industry and be willing to train into role

Working environment

  • you could work in a factory.
  • your working environment may be noisy.
  • you may need to wear protective clothing

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