CNC operators produce machine parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. They also maintain quality and safety standards, keep records, and maintain equipment. Students will learn skills in working with various materials, job planning, bench work, layouts and how to read blueprints. Measurements, inspection and safety procedures will also be covered.
A desire to work with machinery and a mechanical aptitude is recommended.
Education: Students who successfully complete the training, will earn a certificate from N.I.M.S. (National Institute of Metalworking Skills), an industry recognized credential.
Job Outlook: CNC Machinists have an average earning potential for salary in the United States of $45,750 per year, depending on experience, certifications, and job performance. Candidates are required to pass the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test; an indicator of aptitude for understanding and solving basic mechanical problems.