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CNC Machine Operators:

A computer numerical control (CNC) machinist runs computer-operated equipment to create machine parts, tools and other mass-produced items. He or she may work in a machine shop or in the manufacturing industry as an expert in the installation, maintenance, programming and operation of CNC technology.


Local Professional Profiles:> $10/hour (average entry level wage)

DAVE LEE – CNC Manufacturing Technician at LINK

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Troubleshoot the machines, which can be operated remotely
    – Take care of the maintenance problems
    – Make chances to the operations of the machines.
  • CAREER PATH
    – Moved to Indian River to find work
    – Got a job as a drill engineer.
    – Made the switch to CNC programming as the field became available and developed.


MARK WEBER- Machinist – CNC Lathe Operator  at LINK

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Running and operating different types of lathe machines
    – Making sure the parts are quality, and square
    – Placing the blank parts for the lathes to complete
  • CAREER PATH
    – Went to school for heating and cooling
    – Switched to a two-year machinist associates degree
    – Currently attending Kirtland Community College for a degree in    Mechatronics

JOE BONNARD – CNC Grinder at LINK

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Remove and inspect the parts that the machine fabricated overnight
    – Get different machines up and running for the day
    – Working with the machines as they make the parts
  • CAREER PATH
    – Got a job in a factory soon out of high school
    – Continued to different factory jobs since out of high school
    – Found a job with LINK Industries

CNC Programs in the Area:

Computer Aided Design – (C) – North Central Michigan College

CNC Machinist Technology – (CD) – North Central Michigan College

CNC Machinist – Kirtland Community College

Mechatronics – Kirtland Community College

CAD/CAM Technology – Alpena Community College


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