Current : CNC programmer
To be a CNC programmer requires years of machinist experience. You have to know the fundamentals of metal removal.
Tools? CAM software, carbide inserts, boring bars, precision measuring tools and a very expensive machine.
13 years working in a machine shop.
I worked in different departments until I found what I like to do.
No prior experience is needed but if you have some it won’t hurt.
I wanted to make money and get out of on my own.
Math and a lot of it.
You are always in training. New technology or tools.
Someone with good mechanical skills can know the essentials in about a year.
You have to be a perfectionist. Close enough won’t get it when you’re dealing with close tolerances.
That episode of Dirty jobs when Mike went visit a drilling rig. Remember how they had to put the pipe dope on the threads before screwing them together.
I was doping couplings to go out to the rig.(In a shop)
I check with the shop to see what the will be running that day. I make the programs needed and spend some time on the shop floor watching my creation work. (To see how I can improve) Hours: Slow week 45. Busy week 50 or more.
When I first started training as a machinist my supervisor told me “just worry about your job I will take care of the rest” and “Learn this and you could get a job anywhere”
Go take a class at vo-tech to get the fundamentals and use that to your advantage when you go job shopping.
I like being able to get out in the shop and not confined to a cubicle. It’s the best of both worlds a few hours at my desk a few hours in the shop right in the middle.