CNC Machinist Jobs

CNC machinist jobs use computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to cut, drill, shape and finish products and components used in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. CNC machinist jobs work chiefly with metals but also deal with wood, composite materials and plastics.

CNC machinist jobs include;

  • lathes
  • cutters
  • milling machines
  • grinders
  • borers
  • machines that combine several of these functions

Products include parts for the automotive, power, marine and aerospace industries, and manufacturing and machine tools for the engineering sector.  CNC machinist jobs program the CNC machine tool with data taken from technical drawings. Some machines display the section on a screen so that machinists can work out the process visually.

CNC machinist jobs include:

  • planning the most efficient sequence of operations for the job
  • selecting the appropriate tools for each cut
  • selecting the right cutting speeds
  • setting tolerances
  • positioning the section for each cut
  • converting instructions into a numerically-based program for the computer to follow
  • checking that work meets quality and technical standards
  • routine maintenance of machine tools.

The CNC machines are designed and set to produce large quantities of components to exactly the same specifications. Hand-operated machine tools may be used if small quantities of a product are needed.

A common route for CNC machinist jobs is to train as an apprentice in engineering. CNC machinist jobs will generally need four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), such as maths, English, science, engineering, design and technology or appropriate equivalents. Check with training providers for exact entry requirements.

The main job opportunities for CNC machinists occur in mechanical engineering, motor vehicle, aerospace and shipbuilding industries. There are also openings in engineering maintenance, for example, rail transport and power generation.

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  1. CAD Technician

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Design/CAD/Drafting

    We are currently looking for an experienced CAD Technician to join our clients team in their busy Glasgow office.
    This is a full time role for which the post holder would be required to provide support on nominated projects promoting the use of efficient workflows on all phases of the ...

  2. Senior Electrical Engineer - Dalgety Bay

    Location: Dalgety Bay

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Electrical

    We currently have a full time vacancy at our clients site in Dalgety Bay, for a Senior Electrical Engineer.
    Main Job Responsibilities
    To oversee all aspects of electrical design on multi-discipline design and build projects, from concept right through to implementation, ensuring compliance with Client specifications and current regulatory standards ...

  3. CNC Turner/Fitter

    Location: Ayrshire

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Workshop

    We have urgent vacancies for experienced CNC Manual Turners for our client in Ayrshire who are a market leader where the core business is repairs and overhauls.
    The successful candidates should have a good knowledge of CNC/Manual lathes and be competent at working within a team and individually.
    Experience ...

  4. Mechanical Fitter

    Location: Kilmarnock

    Salary: £27000 to £30000 p/a

    Category: Mechanical

    Our client are a rapidly expanding contractor working in the water sector.
    They have a large number of projects coming up which means they are recruiting for Mechanical Fitters to joing their existing team.
    You will be field based and work on various frameworks across Scotland.
    The vacancies will be ...

  5. Sheetmetal Worker/Fabricator

    Location: Kilmaurs

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Maintenance Engineering

    Candidates should be experienced in all types of Fabrication and Welding to a high standard with an emphasis on Stainless Steel TIG.
    You must have the ability to read from Engineering drawings and work on your own initiative in a workshop environment and on Customer premises.
    Our client require people ...

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