CNC Programmer Jobs

A job in CNC Programming includes programming and preparing computer files to operate CNC equipment and converting production methods and procedures designed for machining products to CNC computer language.

The average salary for this role in the UK is £27,000 but can range from £20,000 to £35,000.

What does a CNC Programmer do?

  • plan the most efficient sequence of operations for the job
  • select the appropriate tools for each cut
  • select the right cutting speeds
  • set tolerances
  • position the section for each cut
  • convert instructions into a numerically-based program for the computer to follow
  • check 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 a CNC Programmer is to train as an apprentice in engineering. CNC programmers 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 someone working in CNC programming 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. MIG Welder

    Location: Prestwick

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Production

    Stafffinders have a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to work for a long-standing company on a temp to permanent contract.  Due to an increased workload our client in the Ayrshire area are looking for MIG Welders.
    This is a work shop-based role in a busy production environment and we are ...

  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. 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 ...

  4. Site Manager

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Site Engineer

    We are currently recruiting for experienced Site Managers to join teams based in the Cumbernauld area of Glasgow.
    These are full time positions for which you will be required to liaise with, and report directly to, the Project Manager on all matters relating to the relevant project implementation plan through ...

  5. Senior Electrical Engineer

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: £45000 to £55000 p/a

    Category: Electrical

    We are currently recruiting for a Senior Electrical Engineer for our client who are a specialist engineering service company.  They specialise in modular build projects in controlled environments, limiting environmental and HSE risk to their clients, with an innovative approach to water treatment.

    Main Responsibilities

    To oversee all aspects of ...

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