Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

CNC equipment, or Computer Numerated Control, is the latest technology used by manufacturing companies. This type of machine benefits a huge list of industries and with CNC equipment now being the standard type of milling equipment, there continues to be high demand. Therefore, if you want a job that provides security, challenge, and self-gratification, learning to be a professional CNC equipment worker should be researched.

Workers that handle CNC equipment are trained in several ways. The best is with formal education through a secondary, vocational, or postsecondary school, although an apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training are also great considerations. Keep in mind that there are different types of CNC equipment, as well as functionality to include lathe, cutting, grinding, drilling, etc. Even operators vary to include machinists, machine setters, operators, tenders, and programmers.

Being a worker on Computer Numerated Control equipment is a highly-competitive job because of security and pay so the more and better training received the better chance of landing the position wanted and with a great company. Although all positions for workers of CNC tools have great earning potential, programmers and operators are the best positions overall. These workers are trained to produce a variety of products for all types of industries.

The following is a breakdown of the various responsibilities that go with programmers and operators of this type of equipment. With this, you would gain a better understanding of the direction you ultimately want to take.


Workers at this level for CNC equipment create the programs that the machine uses. Usually, this involves using 3D CAD (Computer Automated Design), which produces a blueprint of each part so the appropriate sequence of events could be determined for making the part. Typically, programmers calculate where cuts and bores need to be for different work materials, the speed of the machine, and the amount of metal or other material to eliminate.

CNC programmers create instructions that are translated into a CAM program (Computer Automated Manufacturing) so the machine knows the appropriate command to follow. Commands are seen in numbers for cut location, material bend, feed speed, etc and programmers are responsible for providing quality assurance checks. Although exact pay for being a Computer Numerated Control equipment programmer varies from company to company and for the type of work and material being worked, on average, these workers make $22 an hour.


The other great possibility for CNC machinery is becoming a skilled operator. With the completed program, the machine is setup by the operator who loads work materials and tools, starts the machine, and then oversees operation while looking for problems, which requires trained ears and eyes. Operators have control of shutting down the machine if a problem is identified.

In fact, most of the problems of automated equipment are found because of an operator trained to listen. For instance, if tool rotation were too fast, work material could be damaged, as well as the machine’s tools. If a vibration were detected, the operator would adjust the speed accordingly.

It is common for one operator to operate and monitor more than one piece of equipment at a time. Obviously, this requires careful scheduling and proper training. The pay scale for operators of CNC machinery also varies for each company, as well as the work and material being worked but on average, this type of worker would make $16 per hour.

By rahul