Cnc Machinist job description

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CNC Machinists are professionals specialized in operating and maintaining CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment. They use their expert knowledge to set up machines that are capable of forming, polishing, bending, and cutting raw metal into finished parts. These workers are usually involved in the design of new equipment and products. They team up with programmers and engineers to develop better machines, for instance, those that use water cutting tools or laser devices.

CNC Machinists usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Checking work pieces.
• Examining completed units.
• Lubricating tools and machines.
• Monitoring the speed of machines.
•   Calculating dimensions.


• Being able to lift heavy equipment.
• Having good eye-hand coordination.
• Being able to adjust controls of a machine to exact positions.
• Having high attention to details.
• Being able to stand for long periods of time.
• Having knowledge of cutting tools, fixtures, tool holders, and other accessories.
• Being able to perform repetitive motions.
• Having math skills.
• Being able to follow precise instructions.
• Having good communication skills.


CNC Machinist job placements demand applicants having Post-Secondary Training, Certification, relevant work experience with computers and machinery, and completing the job interview process. Training programs for this industry last six months to two years, including hands-on instruction and classroom lessons. Students in these programs learn about workplace guidelines, safety procedures, different CNC machinery, and the latest technology. Apprenticeships available for candidates for this industry last four years and include on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced professionals. The National Institute of Metalworking Skills offers certification for people working on this field by passing a written examination.

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