Alright let’s get down to it. So you are a CNC operator and want more info on salary, the job and training. Here’s our guide for everything to do with being a cnc operator.
CNC machine operator Salary
In U.S. and Canada (2012) Cnc operator salary – about $30,000 – $40,000 starting
Hourly wage can range from $12 an hour all the way up to $40 an hour (2012)
In 2012, the average wage advertised for a CNC operator fell between 10-30% the nationwide average salary in the U.S. and Canada.
CNC Programmer jobs usually start at around the $40,000 a year mark
CNC Operator Training
Where to train and how?
Well it all depends on where you are based. You can do College and certificate programs that will get you started off as a cnc operator. From there, you could gain experience or do some extra coursework and become a cnc programmer, which typically pays at least an extra $5-10,000 a year in salary. This increase of at least 10% may be worth the cost of extra cnc training.
There are also other facets for the cnc technician, such as becoming a cnc lathe operator or a laser/plasma/water-jet machine operator. These new cnc machinist jobs will crop up as new technology gets brought to market.
Cnc operator course work
Usually a degree or certificate will involve math, cnc machine set-up and operation, cad/cam program training, and cnc tooling. You will also learn the basics of programming for cnc machines, such as learning how to program with G code.
Cnc operator apprenticeship route
Another way to learn is take an apprenticeship. This is good, as it will save you some money and you could even earn money while learning during your cnc machinist training. You will probably end up working for the same company as well. Cnc operator apprenticeships normally take up to 4 years.
You will learn some of the above things outlined while taking a course, but will probably have more of a hands-on based learning program as opposed to being drilled in theory or spending a lot of time working with cad programs.
The future of cnc operators
The U.S. BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) predicts an increase in this sector. We will see a 7% increase for the 2008-2018 period for cnc operator jobs.
Also, with new machines coming and old machines going, being a knowledgeable cnc operator or programmer is going to give you a huge jump on the competition later on down the track when demand increases.