Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Pathway

TrainingIndustry JobsJob Skills

4-Year Bachelor Degree
Business Administration
(UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh)

Manufacturing Engineering (UW-Stout, 2+2 Program: UW-Stout/NWTC)

Mechanical Engineering (UW-Stout, UW-Platteville, UW-Madison, Michigan Tech, MSOE)

Advanced Training

Broad Industry Experience

Apprenticeship

Technical Professional &
Managerial Jobs

($24 to $44+/hour)   

Project Manager

Plant Manager 

Business Owner

Manufacturing Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

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Customer Service Manager All Star:  2011 

General Manager/Supervisor All Stars:  2011  2012 2012 

Mechanical Engineer:  DKBEP

President/CEO All Star:  2013 

Project Manager All Star:  2012

Regional Sales Manager All Star:  2013

Technical Skills Needed: broad skills as required for skilled technician jobs, all aspects of Machine Shop operations, quality control, Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt, computer skills, manage jobs for profit, basic finance/accounting knowledge, inventory

Soft Skills Needed: ability to analyze situations for constant operational improvement, entrepreneurial skills, leadership, ability to motivate and manage others, ability to provide training or assistance, ability to work in team environment, effective verbal and written communications

2-Year Associate Degree
Automation Engineering
Technology
(NWTC)

Manufacturing Engineering Technology (NWTC

Manufacturing Operations Management (NWTC)

Mechanical Design Technology
(FVTC, LTC, MPTC , NWTC)

Tool Design Engineering Technology (MPTC)

Prototype and Design (NWTC)

Advanced Training

Broad Industry Experience

Apprenticeship   (FVTC, LTC, NWTC)

Skilled Technician Jobs
($18-28/hour)

CNC Programmer 

Lead Machinist

Mechanical Drafter (Designer) 

Team Leader

Machine Shop Supervisor

Prototype Model Builder

Pattern & Mold Maker 

Related:
Tool & Die Maker

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Automation Technician All Star:  2010   

CNC Programmer All Star:  2010 

Technical Service Representative All Star:  2011

Technical Skills Needed: some experience in skills needed for mid-level technical jobs, machinist skills plus leadership skills, versed in CAD/CAM programs, machining knowledge of multiple machines and assemblies, set up, high degree of tooling knowledge, tool comps, identify non-conformance, Lean Six Sigma, preventative maintenance, inventory, knowledge of fixturing, machine set up, G & M codes, programming and editing using G Code, conversational programming, methods, fabrication, knowledge of various alloys, knowledge of basic metallurgy, geometric tolerance, CNC and manual machine experience, CNC lathe, turning, milling, basic welding, precision measuring, precision tools use, GD & T precision reading, mechanical aptitude, computer skills, manage jobs for profit

Soft Skills Needed: leadership, ability to motivate and manage others, ability to provide training or assistance, ability to work in team environment, can-do attitude, dependability and reliability, motivation, effective verbal communications

2-Year Technical Diploma
CNC/Tool and Die Technologies (MPTC)

CNC Technician (NWTC)

Machine Tool Technician (FVTC)

1-Year Technical Diploma
Machine Tool Operation
(LTC, NWTC)

Certificate Programs
CNC Set-up/Operator (MPTC

Industrial Maintenance & Manufacturing Processes (FVTC)

Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Options (LTC)  

Manufacturing & Engineering Certificates (NWTC)

Occupation/Industry Certificate

Apprenticeship    (FVTC, LTC, NWTC)

Some Experience (1-5 years)

Mid-Level Technical Jobs
($14-22/hour)

Machinist 

CNC Machinist

Mold Maker 

Model Technician

CAD/CAM Designer

Machinist Apprentice

Related:
Welder

Sheet Metal Fabricator

Fabricator

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CNC Machinist:  DKBEP   

CNC Machinst All Stars:  2010  2011  

Machinist All Stars:  2009  2010  2010 

Pipe Fabricator All Star:  2009    

Production Technician All Star:  2011

Service/Production Technician All Stars:  2009  2009  2010  2011  2013 

Sheet Metal Fabricator All Star:  2009 

Steel Metal Fabricator: DKBEP

Technical Writer All Star:  2012 

Welder:  DKBEP 

Welder/Fabricator All Stars:  2009  2010  2011  2011  2012 

Technical Skills Needed: set up, tooling knowledge, identify non-conformance, Lean Six Sigma, preventative maintenance, inventory, knowledge of fixturing, minimal experience, machine set up, programming and editing using G Code, conversational programming, methods, fabrication, knowledge of various alloys, knowledge of basic metallurgy, geometric tolerancy, CNC and manual machine experience, CNC lathe, turning, milling, basic welding, precision measuring, precision tools use, GD & T precision reading, CAD, mechanical aptitude, basic trigonometry, algebra, fractions, imperial and metric conversions and measurement, geometry, tape reading, blue print reading, production machining, basic computer skills

Soft Skills Needed: ability to provide training or assistance, ability to work in team environment, can-do attitude, dependability and reliability, motivation, effective verbal communications, ability to work in team environment

Starting...
Apprenticeship (FVTC, LTC, NWTC)

Exploring Manufacturing Careers Certificate (FVTC)

Manufacturing & Engineering Certificates (NWTC)

Some Work Experience (1-3 yrs)

Exposure to Industry
Youth Apprenticeship or Co-op

Entry-Level Skilled Jobs
($11-16/hour)

Entry-Level Machinist

CNC Operator

Laser Operator

Machinist Apprentice

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CNC Operator All Star:  2009  

Sheet Metal Apprentice All Star:  2009

Technical Skills Needed: minimal experience, machine set up, G Code, Lean Six Sigma, precision measuring, mechanical aptitude, basic trigonometry, algebra, fractions, imperial and metric conversions and measurement, geometry, tape reading, blue print reading, reading a ruler, basic computer skills

Soft Skills Needed: ability to work in team environment, can-do attitude, dependability and reliability, motivation, effective verbal communications

High School Diploma/GED

Little or No Experience

Semi-Skilled Jobs
($10-14/hour)

Machine Operator

Assembly Worker

General Laborer

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Assembly Worker:  DKBEP  

Machine Operator All Star:  2011 

Machine Operator:  DKBEP

Technical Skills Needed: algebra, fractions, imperial and metric conversions, geometry, mechanical aptitude, tape reading, blue print reading, micrometer, basic computer skills

Soft Skills Needed: ability to work in team environment, can-do attitude, dependability and reliability, motivation, effective verbal communications, ability to work in team environment

Workplace Basics
Intensive Work Readiness
High School Diploma/GED