Engineering Job Options: CNC Programmer

A computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmer is a technical professional who programs the machinery that cuts, shapes, and finishes raw materials – typically plastic and metal – for use in manufacturing. It is a CNC programmer’s job to “tell” the machine how to take each step of the process using specialized computer languages.

Required Education and Experience

The required education for CNC programming varies from employer to employer, and there are several paths that people can take to become CNC programmers. There are certificate options as well as degrees in CNC programming. While some employers will require a college degree, proven experience is often much more preferred.

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists the median annual salary for CNC programmers at $55,770 nationally. Indeed cites a similar figure of around $54,000 per year for programmers in the Atlanta area. The BLS is currently predicting job growth in the field through 2026 at a rate of about 7% per year. CNC Programmers should always remember that salaries can vary significantly from job to job-based on factors like company size, geographic location, experience, and more.

Current Opportunity For CNC Programmers

Selectek is currently recruiting for a CNC Programming position with a reputable manufacturer in Atlanta.  CNC programming experience is required with any of the following: Panel Bender, CNC Press Brakes, Robotic CNC Press Brake, 3-Axis Router Table, Water Jet, CNC Fiber Lasers, 5-Axis Extrusion Machining Center, Robotic Hardware Insertion, or Robotic Welding Cells. Knowledge of raw materials (i.e., mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum) is also required, as is experience with PUMA CAM and the ability to pick up new CAM/software quickly.

Supervisory experience and metal fabrication experience are preferred but not required. This is a temp-to-perm position paying $24-31 per hour based on experience.

You can learn more about this opportunity and apply online here.

If you are an experienced CNC programmer looking for exciting opportunities in the Southeast region of the US, we encourage you to reach out to the expert recruiters at Selectek. We are always seeking manufacturing talent for our clients.  Contact us today to learn more about our process for helping you achieve your goals.