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Machinist Working on CNC Machine


Manual & CNC

Career Overview

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What They Do


The primary role of a CNC Machinist is to create machine parts and tools using precision computer equipment.  CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinists set up, adjust and maintain all equipment used in their daily job activities.  They are also responsible for creating programming instructions for the parts they are manufacturing.  Once the parts or tools have been produced, CNC Machinists inspect the finished products to ensure they meet all specifications.

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Job Duties

  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders

  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations

  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines

  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers

  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process

  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition

  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products

  • Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency

  • Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled

  • Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools

  • Diagnose machine tool malfunctions to determine need for adjustments or repairs

  • Design fixtures, tooling, or experimental parts to meet special engineering needs

  • Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information

  • Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock to display placement of cuts

  • Fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools

  • Set up or operate metalworking, brazing, heat-treating, welding, or cutting equipment

  • Support metalworking projects from planning and fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, metal properties and mathematics

  • Confer with numerical control programmers to check and ensure that new programs or machinery will function properly and that output will meet specifications

  • Dispose of scrap or waste material in accordance with company policies and environmental regulations

  • Separate scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal

  • Evaluate machining procedures and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency or adaptability

  • Establish work procedures for fabricating new structural products, using a variety of metalworking machines

  • Dismantle machines or equipment, using hand tools or power tools to examine parts for defects and replace defective parts where needed

  • Install repaired parts into equipment or install new equipment

  • Prepare working sketches for the illustration of product appearance

  • Advise clients about the materials being used for finished products

  • Test experimental models under simulated operating conditions for purposes such as development, standardization, or feasibility of design

  • Install experimental parts or assemblies, such as hydraulic systems, electrical wiring, lubricants, or batteries into machines or mechanisms

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Job Earnings


$31,730 per year average salary for entry-level workers 
$54,590 per year average salary for experienced workers

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Education/Training Requirements


Most CNC machinist positions require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree in CNC Machining/Machine Tool Technology.  Employees in this occupation typically need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.  A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

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Job Outlook & Growth


In 2016, there were approximately 14,290 machinists employed in New York State.  Based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate in NYS, employment prospects for this occupation are described as favorable. 

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Nick Barton,

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Liberty Pumps

Bergen, NY

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Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With

Manual & CNC Machining Jobs

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Traco Manufacturing Logo
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Graham Corporation Logo
B&B Precision Manufacturing Logo
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Steel and O'Brien Manufacturing Logo
Drasgow, Inc. Logo
Brunner International Logo
Koike Aronson Logo
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Bliss Machine, Inc. Logo

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