CNC Machinist Apprenticeship

Ditch the routine, swap the keyboard for the symphony of whirring machines. As a CNC Machinist Apprentice, you’ll be a sculptor of precision, transforming digital blueprints into intricate metal parts using cutting-edge computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. Embrace this hands-on adventure:

  • Master the language of metalworking: Learn the art of CNC programming, wielding a toolbox of coding skills and machining knowledge to translate designs into precise instructions for the machines.
  • Digital to dimension: Bridge the gap between the virtual and the real, meticulously setting up and operating CNC machines to bring complex parts to life with incredible accuracy.
  • Embrace the challenge of control: Develop a keen eye for detail and a methodical approach. In the world of CNC machining, every line of code and every setting dictates the final product.
  • No two projects the same: From delicate medical instruments to complex aerospace components, each job presents unique challenges and opportunities to expand your expertise in precision machining.
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment: Work alongside experienced machinists and programmers, collaborating to bring intricate designs to fruition in a fast-paced and ever-evolving manufacturing landscape.

Why choose this path?

Remember, with apprenticeships and traineeships you start earning a wage from day 1! 

  • High demand, future-proof trade: Skilled CNC Machinists are crucial to modern manufacturing, their expertise driving innovation in countless industries.
  • From apprentice to programming pro: As you gain experience, specialize in areas like multi-axis machining, complex toolpath programming, or even become a CNC programmer, the mastermind behind the machine.
  • Leave a lasting legacy in metal: Every part you machine, every component you craft contributes to the intricate workings of our world, from medical devices to the machines that shape the future.
  • Be a digital sculptor, a coding wizard, a master of precision: Join the ranks of skilled CNC Machinists, where the virtual world meets the physical, and every completed project is a testament to your expertise.

Potential Roles After Completing a CNC Machinist Apprenticeship:

  • CNC Machinist: Operate and program CNC machines to create complex metal parts according to precise specifications.
  • CNC Programmer: Develop and optimize CNC programs, translating engineering designs into machine instructions.
  • Tool and Die Maker: Design, create, and maintain the specialised tools and jigs used in CNC machining processes.
  • Quality Control Inspector: Ensure the quality and accuracy of machined parts throughout the production process.

Specialised Roles (with further training/experience):

  • CNC Setup Specialist: Prepare and set up CNC machines for complex machining jobs, ensuring optimal performance and production efficiency.
  • CAM Programmer: Utilise advanced software to create complex toolpaths and machining programs for intricate parts.
  • Metrology Technician: Operate specialized equipment to measure and inspect the dimensional accuracy of machined components.

Advanced Roles (with significant experience and qualifications):

  • Manufacturing Engineer: Design and oversee CNC machining processes, optimizing efficiency and quality control procedures.
  • Project Manager: Lead and coordinate the planning and execution of complex manufacturing projects involving CNC machining.
  • Business Owner: Start and run your own CNC machining workshop, specialising in specific industries or part types.

Additional Training Opportunities:

  • Advanced CNC programming courses: Deepen your knowledge of complex machining techniques and specialised software applications.
  • Certification in Mastercam, Solidworks, or other industry-standard CAM software.
  • Engineering degrees: Pursue further education to become a qualified Mechanical Engineer specializing in CNC machining.

How long?

Approximately 36-48 months for an Apprenticeship, but it very much depends on each individual and how quickly competencies can be completed.

Ready to code your future with a CNC Machinist Apprenticeship? We’ll provide the workplace, safety gear, and all the support you need to become a vital force in the ever-evolving world of precision manufacturing.

# The Tea

My CNC machinist apprenticeship is awesome. It's not what a lot of people think – I'm programming machines that turn hunks of metal into anything you can imagine! I thought it might be heavy lifting and for the guys, but it’s actually way more creative. Plus, there's this incredible satisfaction in seeing a part you coded come to life with perfect precision. I’m putting my computer skills to great use!
Hayley – Wingfield SA

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