What is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist?

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinists set up and operate a variety of CNC machines and equipment. They are highly skilled workers that combine elements of mechanical design, technical drawings, mathematics, and computer programming know-how in a clean, professional environment to produce crucial products for our world today. Skilled CNC machinists track a product through each phase of its creation, from an initial concept to a tangible, finished item.

Where can a CNC Machinist work?

CNC Machinists can work in settings such as machine shops or manufacturing facilities in industries such as motor vehicle manufacturing, aerospace products and parts manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and metalworking machinery manufacturing.

How do you become a CNC Machinist?

To become a CNC machinist it is recommended that you complete some level of postsecondary training to gain experience in the space. One of the most prominent, voluntary credentials that you can pursue within the CNC machining field is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credential of a CNC Operator.

In order to become a CNC Machinist, you will start out as a CNC Operator and climb the professional ladder to CNC Machinist through experience and training. Goodwin College offers CNC Machining training programs ranging from certificate to associate degree levels.

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