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CNC Machinist

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CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinists set up and operate the machine tools which cut, shape, drill and finish metal and other materials to make precision engineering parts. You use a CNC machine for precision cutting. This involves inputting instructions into a computer panel.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.70 an hour (April 2018). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

The starting salary for CNC machinists is normally around £17,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £21,000 to £25,000 a year. Senior machinists may earn up to £40,000 a year. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are opportunities for CNC machinists in a range of industries, such as aerospace, ship building, manufacturing engineering, motor vehicles, office machinery and agricultural machinery. There are also opportunities in the Armed Forces.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
16995
1.3 %
RISE
2023
17224
  United Kingdom
2018
174003
1.7 %
RISE
2023
176978

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies. The website includes a chart showing possible progression routes in engineering work.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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