What Is CNC Training and What Are the Benefits?

Jan 1, 2021 ·
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Have you ever wondered how tiny parts that make up machines are crafted so precisely? Or how a bigger object like an automobile frame is designed and manufactured to work perfectly and keep you safe while you’re driving?

It’s all thanks to computer numerical control (CNC) machines. Operators who have completed CNC training have learned to program a computer with code based on designs and blueprints. The computer then uses that code to operate tools like lathes and mills that shape pieces of material, like metal and plastic, and transform them into workable parts.

CNC machines can create everything from body-part implants, like knee replacements, to door frames and computer parts. If you want to learn more answers to “What is CNC training?” read on to learn what to expect from CNC machine training programs.

Components of CNC Machinist Training Programs

The CNC Machining Technology program offered at NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech) teaches students how to successfully set up and operate CNC machines, as well as how to troubleshoot so part creation is flawless. In CNC machine training, students learn skills including:

  • Reading blueprints and using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software programs
  • Interpreting geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Programming, setup, operation and disassembly of CNC lathes and mills
  • Aligning, securing and adjusting work pieces and cutting tools
  • Monitoring machine movement and speed
  • Examining completed products for defects and conducting product testing
  • Smoothing part or product surfaces
  • Working with industry-preferred tools and technology, from brands like Mastercam, Mitsubishi Materials and Mitee-Bite Products LLC
  • Using best practices in safety and job planning

A CNC machine is used to make a precision cut.

Training to become entry-level CNC machinists can be completed in as few as 36 weeks at NASCAR Tech.1 Those who have completed CNC machine training can go on to apply for roles like CNC programmer, CNC setup operator and CNC operator. Some CNC machinists have leadership aspirations and work toward positions like quality control inspector and shop supervisor. Others may even open up their own CNC machinist businesses.

Benefits of Completing CNC Machine Training

A career as a CNC machinist can be exciting. In addition to being a rewarding career path, skilled machinists are in high demand, which can open the door to a variety of opportunities.

Where Do CNC Machinists Work?

CNC machinists can work in a variety of industries. Most businesses rely on precise parts for products. Whatever field you’re interested in, you might be able to find fulfilling work in it as a CNC machinist.

Some popular industries for CNC machinists include:

  • Automotive and racing
  • Aviation
  • Aerospace
  • Military defense
  • Medical and dental
  • Computers and technology

One benefit of formal CNC machine training is that graduates are prepared to enter the field as soon as they leave school. Some students even start working in support roles while they’re still in school.

Some employers require CNC machinist training from a technical institute in order to even consider the candidate. A CNC machine training education at reputable schools such as NASCAR Tech is attractive to employers because they know students learn the technical skills needed to succeed in the industry.

How Much Do CNC Machinists Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for computer numerically controlled tool operators was $42,260 in May 2020.34 This means half of CNC machinists earned more and half earned less.

Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area. Those who are passionate about this field can work their way up to positions with greater responsibility, which could lead to higher income.2

Train to Become a CNC Machinist at NASCAR Tech

NASCAR Tech is unique in that the school has an industry partner in Roush Yates Engines, which provides support and guidance for the CNC Machining Technology curriculum. The company has also hired more than 100 automotive and CNC graduates from Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and NASCAR Tech.

CNC machine training graduates can take advantage of UTI’s employment assistance. UTI helps match graduates with career opportunities that interest them.

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