Job Spotlight: CNC Machinist

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Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

CNC Machinist

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re looking at information regarding CNC machinists. Responsibilities include everything involved with setting up and operating machine tools to create precision metal parts, tools, and instruments.

Required Education: Typically, a high school diploma, as well as on-the-job training; some positions require further education (vocational schools, community, or technical colleges).


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), CNC machinists can make as much as $44,950 a year.

What CNC Machinists Do:

CNC machinists deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Setting up and operating heavy machinery to create parts and tools from plastic, metal, or other materials.
  • Reviewing created materials for quality control.

What Companies Look for in CNC Machinists:

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Two or more years of experience in an applicable industrial setting or trade school/Career Tech training
  • Safely and accurately operate equipment as assigned
  • Math skills, as the position involves a need to understand complex instructions
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about CNC Machinist jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

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