To work as a numerical control machine operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required beyond high school.
Many numerical control machine operators learn their skills on the job. At some jobs an experienced worker leads the training. At others, the employer provides a formal training program. Training lasts from several months up to a year.
Experience working as a machinist is very helpful for this occupation. Employers often select experienced machinists for training to become numerical control machine operators.