How do you become a CNC machinist?

How do you become a CNC machinist?

Category : Beginners

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How do you become a CNC Machinist ?

For On-site CNC Training Contact David: 0783 858 407


Every day at the CNC Training Centre we get calls from people wanting to get a job as a CNC Programmer or CNC Machinist .

We can’t get you a job but we can get you started on the path.

That’s why we put these courses together.

These courses are designed to get you started on CNC Machining.

If you are a beginner and want to do a hands on course that teaches you to become a setter operator then try these two courses. These are ideal if you think you can get a start on the ladder and don’t want to jump in at the deep end.

Setter Operator Beginners Turning

Setter Operator Beginners Milling

For absolute beginners with no experience at all. Looking to start a career in CNC Machining..

Beginners CNC Machining

If you work on a CNC machine already and you want to advance by learning some programming skills then look at these two courses.

Learn to Programme Basic Milling 

Learn to Programme Basic Turning

I’ve read enough just let me Apply Now


It’s important to realise that there is absolutely no guarantee that you will get a job at the end of this training.

Or a company car.

Read to the end of the article for the good news.

These are two day courses but it will take years to become a skilled machinist.

Beginners CNC Turning

CNC Machinist

Beginners CNC Milling

CNC Machinist

These courses are for people who have little or no experience and the idea is to get you on the first rung of the ladder.

Starting with moving the machine around in Manual Mode.

CNC Machinist

To creating simple programmes.


CNC Machinist


You’ll learn some basics about measuring equipment.

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And we’ll teach you about the common materials used in manufacturing.

Well maybe not gold but steel, brass, aluminium and stainless steel.

I served my time at Rolls Royce as an apprentice circa 1971 (do the maths I’m a real old git).

Well maybe not that old.

It took four years before you could even start as a proper engineer. Even then there was a kind of unwritten rule that you still needed a fair bit of time before you actually would be any good.

In them days there weren’t many people who could call themselves a CNC Machinist. That technology was in its infancy.

There were over 200 apprentices at Rolls Royce then. If you add to that all the other companies in Coventry alone. The pool was massive.

Manufacturing was destroyed in the UK in the 1980’s. Let’s not get political. But it isn’t any better now.



Before I put you off all together and you start looking into hairdressing let’s give you the good news.

The Good News

There is a huge demand for CNC Programmers, Machinists, Setters and Operators. That means it’s a good trade to be in.

Employers are inclined to take more of a risk as a result.

More Good News

There are no filters. Engineering is still old school if you can do it you’ll more than likely get the job.

In the smaller companies no-one cares too much about what qualifications you have if you can do the job.

Please don’t quote me on this it’s just an observation.

So that means if you’re a quick learner and you study hard you got a good chance.

Suggestion To Become a CNC Machinist

Do anything you can to get started in a small CNC Machine shop.

Cleaning up, making the tea anything. There is a good chance if you keep getting in the way, one day when they are really busy you’ll get a chance to run a CNC machine.

Mine is a single-shot-caramel-soya-latte in a Chevron Denby cup.

The number one criteria is to be reliable!!

Of course you need to keep reading the articles on this website.

Colleges are a good place to get the basic training as an engineer but you’re probably not in a position to go to full time college.

You may well have to take a drop in salary to get started but try not to think about the money.

That’s easy for me to say. What I mean by that is if you get any opportunity to learn then grab it. It may mean working over or coming in at the weekend but….

The learning is yours forever.

We offer onsite training and before I start working with my students I always talk to them about their own personal development.

The company they work for is spending a lot of cash to train them and will gain massively from the training. The student will be a lot more valuable as an employee.

That student may even get a pay rise.

The real gain

Knowledge is power.

Now I don’t mean you can go and invade some rich oil state or become a judge on the X Factor.

(Yes that is me) but I ‘m not trying to sell records today.

Your value on the job market is now much higher so every opportunity to learn you need to take. Don’t get me wrong a pay rise is lovely and not to be sniffed at but it’s only as good as it lasts. When you lose your job there is no guarantee you will get paid as much in your next position.

What I always say to students is that if they get made redundant they will gladly pay for college courses or training courses. They will in fact expect to pay.

So when offered any kind of training in the workplace keep this in mind. That is if you want to become a CNC Machinist.

When you get a chance to go onto a new machine or learn don’t hesitate. Yes you are helping the company but even if they don’t realise that think if your own personal development.

Remember knowledge is power.

Beginners CNC Turning

CNC Machinist

Beginners CNC Milling

CNC Machinist

So what you waiting for? Apply Now

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Stephen Rooney

June 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm

I’m currently working and want to work in machine shop and want to learn different traits in CNC

Stephen Rooney

June 8, 2020 at 1:37 pm

I’m currently working and want to work in machine shop and want to learn different traits in CNC.


    June 8, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Could you email me more information please

Gary Bibby

July 30, 2020 at 8:16 am

Dear David,
Further to our recent conversation this morning regarding a woodworking CNC operator please can you advise if you have any contacts or potential trained people looking for work.

Our Company name is Gary Bibby Traditional Joinery Ltd, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley – TS9 5PT. (North Yorkshire)

CNC machine – 4 Axis Pod & rail machine, HOMAG BOF 211 – 6000mm bed, 32, position tool changer, Woodwop software, the machine is now about 12 years old bought new. we have two dedicated software packages:
Compass (staircase program)
Klaes (Window & door program)
The above software programmes generate code to drive the machine with majority of work generated in the office input to PC controller by memory stick.
We need an operator with basic CAD knowledge to allow for works that are needed without programming being provided and purely operator input/controlled.

If you can think of any potential people or perhaps any other Companies that can offer contacts for the above it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you
Gary Bibby

Shailesh Mevada

September 3, 2021 at 4:35 am

I want to learn CNC-Turning & Milling,
I want to be a come CNC. Machinist


    September 4, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Please contact me and I will find a course for you, David


September 7, 2021 at 9:03 pm

Dear Gary, my name is Anthony. I’m currently an apprentice at an aerospace company. its a four year program for an all around machinist. It’s my first year in the program, I spent three months is each department, which are gear cut/gear grind, CNC Mill, CNC Lathe, and ID/OD grind. I’m in my last month and I’m not sure what will be right direction for me to follow. I’m leaning towards gear cut and hopefully one day down the road end up in gear grind. I would love to hear your thoughts and reasoning.

Thank You!!

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