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What does a CNC programmer do?
A CNC programmer operates computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
What do I need to get a CNC programmer job?
These career fields are highly in demand. There are currently two ways to obtain CNC programmer training – through apprenticeships and through Cecil County Public Schools.
You can enter an apprenticeship program with a high school diploma and in 3-4 years graduate as a fully qualified professional. Your salary will increase from entry level to mid-level as you move forward in your training. To find manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities in your area visit the Maryland Apprenticeship Locator.
Beginning in Fall 2021, CCPS is offering a program for MANUAL MACHINING/CNC PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS at its School of Technology. This program prepares students for a beginning career in manufacturing and machine technologies. Students will be able to earn National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I Credentials in Manual Milling; Measurement, Materials, & Safety; Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout; and CNC Milling: Programming Set-up.
Careers in these fields can provide opportunities for career advancement through management and quality control positions.
What is the median salary of a CNC programmer?
- Varies based on level of apprenticeship