If you have a home shop and machine as a hobby, you might consider making it a career. It doesn’t matter if you finish with face mills or fly cutters, if you know the difference the CNC machining world has a demand for your skills.
Growing Field with Growing Pains
Manufacturing companies are starving for skilled machinists. While manufacturing levels within any given business may fluctuate, in general CNC operators, set-up technicians, programmers, and coordinators are always in demand.
CNC machining uses high-tech milling equipment and lathes to produce tools, dies, molds, medical equipment, and other high-demand items.
In just 10 years, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the number of CNC machine jobs will increase by 39,200. Jobs are available in almost every state, so you don’t have to move to find work. States as varied as Mississippi and New York are some of the hottest spots for good paying CNC-related jobs.
Specialized CNC machine training can be completed in under a year. There are no degrees for CNC operator. Most technical training programs offer a Certificate in CNC Machine Operation.
Two and four year degrees are offered in Industrial Systems Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Machine Technology, and Manufacturing Engineering.
Whether it is a certificate program, 2-year degree, or 4-year degree you need to start with a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. In addition to academics, you need other abilities to be an effective and successful CNC operator.
The ability to work with your hands and be comfortable with tooling is a must. Good communication skills will also help you advance in the CNC machining world. Having the ability to clearly make your ideas known and understood is crucial to working well with others on the shop floor. Since CNC machining is highly dependent on computers and electronics, the more you know in these areas the better.
Sierra American Supports American Manufacturing
Sierra American Multi-Systems proudly supports manufacturing and machining in the United States. As a California-based company, we believe that American products and American machinists are the best in the world.
For over 20 years, we have been manufacturing the highest quality tools such as fly cutters, saw arbors, multi-stops, and tool holders.
Everything sell is made with American pride and craftsmanship. You’ll find our products in commercial and home shops where the CNC operator cares about quality. If you want the best, ask for Sierra American by name wherever only the best tools are sold.