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. Senior Electrical Design Engineer

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Design/CAD/Drafting

    Stafffinders are delighted to be working with highly respected niche engineering service company to recruit a Senior Electrical Design Engineer.
     
    The role will require working as lead electrical design engineer on various water and wastewater treatment plant upgrade projects mainly across Scottish Water’s asset base,
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  2. 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 ...

  3. 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
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  4. Support Engineer 2

    Location: Gourock

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Marine Engineer

    Staffinders are recruiting for Support Engineers on behalf our clients who multi-award-winning ship management specialists.
     
    The role is shore based providing technical support, conducting maintenance planned and preventative, repairs of all equipment and vessels and supporting breakdowns where appropriate.
     

    Time Served diesel mechanic or experienced motorman
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  5. Mechanical Engineer

    Location: Argyll and Bute

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Marine Engineer

    Staffinders are recruiting for a Mechanical Engineer on behalf our client who multi-award-winning ship management specialists, providing essential services and logistical support.
     
    Reporting to the Mechanical Specialist your new role will be mobile however periodic attendance will be required when the vessels are in annual dry dock, you will be ...

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