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CNC Machining and Manufacturing

Interested in Studying CNC Machining and Manufacturing?

CNC machining and manufacturing is rapidly gaining popularity. It is a relatively new field of study that involves operating state-of-the-art CNC equipment to achieve precision cutting. It has been described as a combination of art and science.

What is CNC Machining?

CNC stands for computer numerical control. CNC machining is a process of subtractive manufacturing that involves high-speed precision cutting equipment to cut and create various designs from metal or plastic blank. CNC machines are computerized and require knowledge of a specific coding language for cutting designs from a blank of metal or plastic. The standard machines that operate with CNC code are horizontal and vertical milling machines, routers, grinders, and lathes.

CNC Machining and Manufacturing Programs

There are a variety of CNC machining programs available, including certifications, diplomas, and associate's degrees. These programs emphasize the basics of CNC, programming, coding rules, and cutting techniques.

The CNC technology programs are useful for both newbies and those with experience who want to polish their skills and gain a professional qualification. These programs teach students about programming, technical aspects of CNC cutting, reading blueprints, and the actual process of machining.

Career Options and Employment Opportunities

After earning a degree in CNC technology and machining, some popular career choices include the following:

  • CNC programmer - average salary of $59,730 per year in 2019 (1)
  • CNC machine operator - average salary of $45,750 per year in 2019 (2)
  • Shop floor manager or technician - average salary of $52,860 per year in 2019 (3)
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.