What does a CNC Machinist do?

A CNC Machinist uses computer controlled machines to make or modify parts to specified tolerances.

Machining is by far more interesting than what most people know. From the challenges of implementing new complex equipment in the shop, to CNC programming, or even making complex parts in one setup. It is definitely a career choice that most don’t know how advanced it can be, especially the machining of today.
— Matthew Schowalter, CMfgT
A part being machined on a sliding headstock lathe

A part being machined on a sliding headstock lathe

“Before I started working at a tool and die shop, I didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue. I knew I liked working with my hands a lot, and after I realized how technologically advanced this field has become I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this industry.”

— David R - High School Senior