What does a CNC operator do?
A CNC operator sets up and operates CNC machines to produce products and metal parts. In this role, you’ll perform maintenance on machinery, inspect finished products, calibrate equipment, program equipment to create the finished product, and pay strict attention to safety measures.
Where do CNC operators work?
Most CNC operators work in factories and manufacturing facilities. These workplaces can often be loud and may not be air-conditioned, depending on the kind of manufacturing the company does. CNC operators will, generally, work a full-time schedule of at least 40 hours per week, and may need to work nights or weekends.
What is the average CNC operator salary?
The average CNC operator's salary is $47,940 per year, or $23 per hour*. How much you make can vary, however, based on factors like your training and work experience, your employer, the state you live in, and your credentials.
Do CNC operators need to be certified?
No, CNC operators don’t need to be certified to get a job.
How do you become a CNC operator?
To become a CNC operator, you need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. While it’s also not always required to have education after high school, having additional training or certification may be preferred by employers and help you stand out when applying for jobs.
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