A CNC Machinist is a highly skilled, creative thinker with exceptional computer skills and the ability to visualise three-dimensional problems.
In a modern manufacturing workspace, a CNC Machinists will use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems for programming multi-axis milling and turning machines for creating parts from engineering raw materials, such as metals, plastics and composites.
A CNC machinist will be expected to have strong computer skills and practical problem-solving skills to work with engineers and designers to create a wide variety of technical parts.
A CNC machinist will have a significant contribution to the community with the parts they are able to create using modern manufacturing technology.
“You need to be quite focused and to be able to look at drawings, interpret correctly, ask questions if required and maintain a customer focus so you can always ensure you’re supplying what the customer requires.”
Tasks for this role
Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings
Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment
Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines
Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
Preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric
Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment
May erect machines and equipment on-site
- Medium skill level
- Below Average Unemployment
- Practical and Administrative
- Medium/Heavy/Very Heavy physical demand
- To become a CNC machinist you usually need to gain an apprenticeship in the engineering trade and complete the relevant VET qualifications. Employers usually require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. You would receive on-the-job training once you start work.