CNC Jobs Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset

Spotlight on CNC Jobs in Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset

Spotlight on CNC Jobs is the latest in City Centre’s Spotlight on Jobs series of articles.

In this article we try to decipher the complex world of  CNC Operating, programming, turning and milling.

The modern day Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines can trace their history right back to the early 19th Century.

Very basically a CNC machine automates the control of tools. This automation was first accomplished by the use of Cams. Cams “played” machine tools in the same way they were used in early musical boxes or cuckoo clocks.

The real emergence of CNC  came with the invention of Numerical Control which was the automation of machine tools that are operated by abstractly programmed commands encoded on a storage medium, as opposed to controlled manually via handwheels or levers, or mechanically automated via cams alone. The first NC machines were built in the 1940s and 1950s, based on existing tools that were modified with motors that moved the controls to follow points fed into the system on punched tape. These early servomechanisms were rapidly augmented with analog and digital computers, creating the modern computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools that have revolutionized the machining processes.

With the introduction of CNC machines into manufacturing and engineering companies throughout the UK from the 1960’s onwards these bread a new type of job; the CNC job!

In the three counties City Centre recruitment provides jobs; Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset, CNC  Jobs are prolific. This is due to the large engineering base of companies producing a myriad of different bits and pieces which go in to make larger bits and pieces which in the end make the space shuttle or a nuclear submarine or a satellite.

CNC Milling Job


The main types of CNC Jobs are:

CNC Operator Jobs
–   A CNC operator, as the name suggests operates a CNC (computer numerical control) machine, usually this includes loading and unloading workpieces, checking workpieces, setting program datums, setting up jigs and fixtures, replacing worn or broken tooling, cleaning swarf from the machine and basic machine maintenance.

The exact duties of a CNC operator varies from one machine shop to another.

CNC Programmer Jobs – A CNC programmer actually writes the program that runs the machine. There are a number of languages used including Fanuc, Mazatrol, and Siemens

CNC Setter Jobs – Very similar to an CNC Operator job but is only involved in the initial setup of the CNC machine to perform a particular task

CNC Turner Jobs – A CNC Turner is specifically responsible for turning work done on CNC tunring machines

CNC Miller Jobs – A CNC Miller is specifically responsibly for milling work done on CNC Milling machines

Depending on the size of the manufacturing facility and the intricate nature of the job, CNC Jobs are split up with different people performing CNC Setter Jobs and CNC Operator Jobs. In smaller facilities or where the CNC Jobs are relatively basic, the CNC Operator will be tasked with doing everything from programming to setting to operating.

If you are looking for CNC jobs in Somerset, Hampshire  or Dorset please register your CV via our website. City Centre Recruitment have offices in Yeovil, Weymouth, Bournemouth and Southampton and have CNC Jobs available through all these offices. For our latest CNC Jobs in Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset please see our jobs pages on our website.

If you are a business who are looking for a recruitment agency with the ability and knowledge to supply great CNC candidates for your CNC Jobs please drop us an email or give us a ring – we will be able to help!

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