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. CNC Machinist

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Electronics Engineer

    Stafffinders have an exciting new opportunity for an CNC Machinist to work on a Temp to Perm basis in Glasgow.
    The role is Monday to Friday, 40 hours a week. If both parties agree it’s a good fit after the initial probation period, then the candidate will be offered ...

  2. CNC Machinist

    Location: Ayrshire East

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Maintenance Engineering

     
     
    Stafffinders have an exciting new opportunity for an CNC Machinist to work on a Temp to Perm basis in Ayrshire.
    The role is Monday to Friday, 40 hours a week. If both parties agree it’s a good fit after the initial probation period, then the candidate will be offered ...

  3. Health, Safety & Security Manager

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £30000 to £34000 p/a

    Category: Health & Safety

    Our Client operates a collection of premium hotels and resorts that feature the highest level of design and service. They are currently looking to recruit an experienced Health, Safety & Security professional for their prestigious 5* Edinburgh property.The Role - The primary role of the Health, Safety & Security Manager is to ...

  4. Electrical Engineer

    Location: Scottish Borders

    Salary: £30000 to £33000 p/a

    Category: Electrical

    Reporting to my Clients Chief Engineer, this role is to be offered on a 4 on 4 off shift pattern.As an Electrical Maintenance Engineer you will be working within a fast-paced state of the art production facility, maintaining various machinery and equipment and eliminating problems via Fault Finding, Inspection ...

  5. CNC Machinst

    Location: Renfrew

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Manufacturing Engineer

    Stafffinders have an exciting new opportunity for an CNC Machinist to work on a Temp to Perm basis in Renfrewshire.
    The role is Monday to Friday, 40 hours a week. If both parties agree it’s a good fit after the initial probation period, then the candidate will be offered ...

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