Career outlook for CNC programmer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
CNC (computer numerically controlled) programmers set up and operate the machines that might cut, drill, stamp, grind and laser different materials for manufacturing purposes.
The machines can be used to make parts for vehicle and aerospace, furniture, military equipment and much more.
The machines are programmed to tell them exactly what they need to do to manipulate the metal or other material. You might write the directions or use technical drawings to programme the machine with the data.
You’d use technical and design knowledge to identify what the machine needs to do and then you’d operate the machine and set the appropriate functionalities (cutting speed, for example) to create the end product.
What you'll do
- Use instructions or technical drawings to set-up the CNC machines
- Write the program to tell the machine what it needs to do
- Decide which tools are needed for each project
- Check the quality of the items produced
- Adjust the tools and machinery if necessary
- Clean and maintain the machines regularly
- Set-up any hand-controlled machinery correctly
- Control cutting speeds on the machine
UK employment status
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