Computer Numerical Controlled (or CNC) machining is the manufacturing process that entails the use of instructions keyed into a computer in heavy industrial production (in this case, automobile). It is a faster, more precise, and more efficient mode of production and although first adoption requires the use of skilled engineers, it saves on both time and cost in the long run.
CNC machinists are paid very well with the median wage hovering around 60,000 AUD per year. It is a lucrative career path with incredible potential for advancement and upward mobility within the job itself. One should always aim to get better and better at their skill and that is what this piece is centered on. Here, We are going to take a look at some quick little tips that if followed, will ensure that you get better and better at machining CNC parts.
Imbibe the habit of humility. The industry is such that perennial “know-it-alls” do not go far. As a CNC machinist, you must ensure that you are constantly learning from others as well as humbly showing them what you know. It is a hands-on profession and a lot of your time will be spent using your hands and working with a host of other people that are doing a similar thing. Also, there’ll always be another person that knows more than you do- so, take the time to pick their brains (not literally) and learn from them. Make sure that you are the most teachable version of yourself whilst on the job.
Be persistent. Relative to other careers, CNC jobs can seem a little bit underpaid in the entry level positions. Note that anyone can thrive in this career if they put in the requisite effort, especially with it comes to overtime hours. Do not shy away from the grueling work as they help you build a solid foundation as well as earn your stripes in the business.
Improve your problem solving skills. Machining relies a huge deal on the ability of personnel to solve a multitude of problems that are sure to arise on an almost daily basis. Occasionally, a defective set-up might be passed on to you and when that happens, it becomes your job to see to it that the problem is rectified in good time. Just like with everything else however, you will get better and better with experience and eventually become more capable to handle even the most complex screw-ups. It will also help that many of the problems that arise subsequently will be those that you’ve faced (and conquered) before.
You need to be good at fixture and tooling. Programming a new CNC part is most times the easiest part of the job, however, the real work arises in selecting the right tooling that ensures that the job runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. There is a huge difference between using cheap tooling that just works as opposed to more expensive tooling that does the job a whole lot better. Always analyze the situation properly so as to select the right tooling for the set-up.
There you have it. The above is just a rundown of some quick tips from people that have been there and done it all when it comes to the CNC parts industry. Always remember that the barrier of entry into this job is not steep, but advancing yourself and making a more lucrative career out of it requires patience, hard work, and dedication.