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CNC - Preparation

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. 

On-the-job training

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.

Work experience

Experience working as a machinist is very helpful for this occupation. Employers often select experienced machinists for training to become numerical control machine operators.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.