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CNC Jobs Overview

CNC jobs involve operating and maintaining computer numerically controlled machines in order to consistently produce precision machine parts. Various industries use these machine parts for their manufacturing processes, including the aerospace and automotive sectors. Those with a keen eye for detail, great practical skills, and physical stamina will enjoy working with a CNC machine. A job of this type usually takes place in a factory or workshop, and shifts often extend to evenings and weekends when required.

CNC Jobs Education Requirements

An apprenticeship is one way to begin a career as a CNC machinist. Employers offering apprentice jobs, however, may ask for GCSE qualifications in the core subjects, as well as design and technology. Another way to enter into this skilled trade is via college, where students can learn practical skills and gain certificates in engineering and manufacturing. With experience, there may be opportunities for promotion, with supervisory and mechanical design engineer jobs further up the career ladder.

CNC Jobs Market

Those with the right skills can take advantage of the long-term shortage of CNC engineers, and this is true of the skilled trades overall as indicated by the 42% skills deficit, according to the National Careers Service. Currently 91% of the workforce in the skilled trades are male and 80% work full-time. The levels of employment are projected to decrease up until at least 2020.

CNC Jobs Salary Information

CNC vacancies generally pay around £15,000 for entry-level positions, but this can rise to £25,000 with experience. There are also opportunities for progression to supervisory roles, which can command around £30,000 a year, according to the National Careers Service. For the skilled trades overall, the median pay is just slightly above the national median of £27,000 (Office for National Statistics).

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