CNC Machinist

Job Description

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists develop and operate computer and mechanically controlled tools to produce other instruments and apparatus. They control the machinery that produces the speed and cuts to create a specific part. CNC Machinists program CNC machinery to determine the rate and cuts of production. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examine and analyze blueprints, sketches, and computer-related files
  • Set up and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools 
  • Measure and examine the effectiveness of completed products
  • Produce products to specifications 
  • Operate various machinery

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Community colleges and technical schools offer programs to train in this field. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Critical-thinking and decision-making skills
  • Expertise in math and computer applications
  • Manual dexterity
  • Strong mechanical and technical skills
  • Knowledge of technical machinery

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a CNC Machinist with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $41,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $42,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $39,000
  • Miami, Florida: $40,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $35,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $40,000
  • Houston, Texas: $41,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $44,000
  • New York City, New York: $41,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $50,000
  • Overall: $43,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $44,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $45,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $47,000
  • Miami, Florida: $48,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $42,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $45,000
  • Houston, Texas: $46,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $49,000
  • New York City, New York: $55,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $55,000
  • Overall: $47,000

Similar Titles

  • CNC Machine Operator
  • CNC Programmer 

Career Path

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers may prefer candidates who have on-the-job experience or who have certifications or an associate degree in a technical or mechanical field. CNC Machinists have the opportunity to advance to a position such as Electro-Mechanical Technician. 

Position Trends

With technological innovations like computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools and different machining types, CNC Machinists will be in demand to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems. Individuals have the opportunity to develop their professional and industry knowledge and skills through networking, training, and other resources created by the National Tooling and Machining Association. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Machinist field should grow three percent from 2018 to 2028. This growth rate is slower than average for all occupations and will vary by industry. 

Typical Hours

CNC Machinists typically work business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may be required to be available on some evenings and weekends as shops are open around the clock. If working in a shop, CNC Machinists may be exposed to hazards and must follow precautions to avoid these hazards, such as wearing protective clothing. 

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