A computer numerical control (CNC) machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Then one must complete an apprenticeship program through a national organization, college, or manufacturing company.
Employment of machinists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.
A CNC machinist may work in a machine shop or in any organization in the manufacturing industry.