A CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machinist is employed to use a special computer-controlled machine that precision-engineers parts (mainly metal, but potentially plastic and wood, too) for a variety of manufacturing uses. Ideally suited to those interested in engineering and computer programming, this role involves being at the heart of a manufacturing operation.
The range of experienced recruitment agencies listed below understand what is required for the CNC machinist position, and are able to match the right candidate to the right position. Skilled CNC machinists are always in demand, a fact cemented by the UK's growing focus on high end precision manufacturing.
Engineering apprenticeships are a common way of beginning a career as a CNC machinist, for which a number of GCSEs would be required in subjects like Maths, English, Science, and Design and Technology, although this requirement will vary from employer to employer. Taking one or some of the various BTECs and City & Guild Diplomas in Engineering will also make any application more attractive to a prospective employer.
It may be possible to carry out a number of NVQ courses as any apprenticeship or employment progresses.
As a guide, starting salaries are around £14,000, rising to £20,000 for an experienced machinist. Supervisory roles may attract upwards of £28,000.