Numerical Control Tool Programmers

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Numerical Control Tool Programmers

Numerical Control Tool Programmers - Preparation

To work as a numerical control tool programmer, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • complete a formal training program; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Most numerical control tool programmers learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in manufacturing technology. These programs teach machine operations, automation, and computer skills. One-year programs award a certificate. Two-year programs usually award an associate degree. If you complete this type of program, you still need additional on-the-job training.

Work experience

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

On-the-job training

Most programmers learn additional skills on the job. At some jobs an experienced worker leads the training. At others, the employer provides a formal training program. Training typically lasts up to one year.

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