CNC MachinistJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
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.
Sample job description #1
Essential duties and responsibilities
Retrieve job related information (job routings, part drawing, tool list, work-instruction, in-process inspection sheet, etc.)
Complete change-over activities (Machine preparation from previous job set-up to new job set-up)
Complete manufacturing of first part per process instruction
Review supplied raw-material for dimensions, quantity, defects, and required heat lot/certification numbers
Manufacture parts to required quantity
Document manufactured quantities utilizing ERP system
Inspect and document parts according to in-process inspection sheet requirements
Troubleshoot parts when issues occur
Work with the Engineering department to improve machining processes
Stabilize machining processes to turn over to Operator for production run
Train Operators as needed on job related items
Sign off work order utilizing ERP system
Print a physical document (i.e. router) when required
Provide tote, documents and parts to next process step
Maintain work area and equipment in a clean orderly condition and follow prescribed safety procedures
Document completion of all required processes in ERP system
Provide end-of-shift report detailing activities of the shift
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in an exemplary manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or experience
High School Diploma or GED
5 years experience setting up and operating CNC milling and/or turning machines
Ability to read technical drawings
Understanding of GD&T
Experience using measuring tools and gages
Experience with Siemens and/or Heidenhain controls preferred
Experience with Deckel Maho Gildemeister (DMG) machines preferred
Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Visio)
Experience with a major ERP system
Sample job description #2
The CNC Machinist performs detailed machine setups, G & M code (CNC) programming, machine process improvement and troubleshooting, and produces machined parts using a variety of CNC machines.
Perform machine setups quickly, accurately, and efficiently
Work with engineering and CAM programming department to develop, and improve CNC programs
Design and aid in the fabrication of fixturing for parts of varying complexity
Advise supervisor and programming team of technical advancements to increase production
Operate machines to produce production runs of parts
Maintain quality standards through understanding of the Quality Management System
Monitor and document operational and performance issues and provide feedback to supervisor
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, and other staff
Other duties as directed by supervisor
High school diploma or GED required; post-secondary CNC education preferred
8+ years of CNC machine operation
G & M code fluency and ability to edit programs
High level of blueprint reading required
Proficiency with conversational controls is a plus
Strong verbal communication and problem-solving skills
Attention to detail and ability to deal with complexity
Capable of working in a customer-focused, deadline-driven environment while maintaining a positive attitude
Interested in learning with, and from, engineering, and programming team to improve operations
Sample job description #3
As the CNC Machinist for ABC Company, you will have the opportunity to use a variety of precision measuring instruments, inspect in process or finished parts and feature characteristics as well as manufacturing methods to blueprint specifications. This is a chance for you to develop a career within a global business and to help us improve our processes.
Setting up fixture components for jobs that require CNC Machining
Understanding and have functional use of CNC code and CNC programming
Setting machine origins in accordance with the set-up instructions
Working to machine dimensions and maintain close tolerances and correlated dimensions with a high demand for squareness, concentricity, finish, and parallelism
Setting and loading all tools in conjunction with set-up instructions to complete assigned jobs
Ability to lift various items weighing up to approximately 40 pounds
High School Diploma or equivalent with 2+ years experience in machining operations or a Precision Machining Certificate
Knowledge of machining methods, cutting qualities of metals and tools
Ability to read and understand blueprints
In order to be considered for this opportunity, you must be eligible to obtain and maintain security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship
Ability to operate various cranes, material handling equipment and various types of machining equipment etc.
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a CNC machinist is 47,850 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
Why do you want to work for our company?
What qualities should every CNC machinist have?
What machines have you worked with? What did you build?
What machine brands are you used to handling?
How do you perform routine maintenance on CNC machines?
What experience do you have reading blueprints and schematics?
How do you inspect finished goods?
What is your favorite product you’ve created?
Have you ever disagreed with a coworker? If so, how did you handle the situation?
How do you handle difficult clients?
Walk me through the process of learning a new machine.
How do you deal with strict deadlines?
Tell me about a recent goal you have set for yourself.
What made you interested in CNC machining?
What experience do you have with programming?
Tell me about the most difficult material you had to work with.
Are you okay with working overtime during busy weeks?
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