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CNC Technicians

Career Opportunities for CNC Technicians in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

If you’ve seen recruitment materials for computer numerical control (CNC) technicians, you probably realize demand is high for these professionals. Whether precision tools are required for assembly lines, rebuilding infrastructure, making repairs, or facilitating medical research, workers who understand how to program and operate the machines that make the tools find their experience is both required and respected. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, students can develop skills that may lead to career opportunities as CNC technicians in the welding program at Pennco Tech, Bristol campus.

Benefits of Becoming a CNC Technician

The work performed by CNC technicians encompasses various economic sectors. Those who choose this career path benefit from perfecting skills that have many industrial and technological applications. A benefit of becoming a CNC technician is being able to specialize in a field of interest. But this occupation also allows workers to move between industries, developing new skills and capabilities. In this way, CNC technicians can keep learning and take advantage of new opportunities.

CNC technicians work with plastic, wood, glass, foam, composites, and metals. They operate machines that are programmed to cut away these materials in the creation of precision tools. However, technicians perform other duties in addition to operating machines. They may read blueprints or other schematics. Using computer-assisted design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) processes, they may draft plans for projects. Experience with measuring materials to a high degree of accuracy and exercising facility with tools is highly valued in this occupation.

By enrolling in the welding program at Pennco Tech, students learn important basic elements of working with tools and how they are constructed. They gain experience with measuring and cutting skills.

Learning important safety protocols, understanding electrical processes, and becoming familiar with the language and terms used in manufacturing and welding are all covered in the program at Pennco Tech. There is also an emphasis on learning several important welding techniques and their uses. With hands-on experience in a welding school, graduates are well-placed to pursue several types of apprenticeships, further educational opportunities, and entry-level positions that may lead to CNC technician status.

What Work Do CNC Technicians Perform?

These skilled technicians can be hired as fabricators, machinists, and CNC operators. Other titles include hardware technicians, set-up machinists, operators, programmers, and tenders. They work with cutting, punching, extruding, drilling, grinding, polishing, turning, milling, planning, and molding. Called patternmakers, pourers, casters, and welders, job titles and duties vary by material and industry. Entry-level job roles include supervised assistant and trainee positions that help set up machines, allowing workers to develop skills as operators or technicians. At the beginning level, pay prospects vary. As workers gain skills and experience, they can earn more. The average salary for a CNC machinist is $42,500 per year in Pennsylvania, according to Intuit Mint data.

Possible career paths for CNC technicians depend on the interests and capabilities of the employee. They may work in technological research groups, or gain expertise in specific manufacturing processes, working to develop tools and methods that improve efficiency. Sectors that require CNC technician skills to create precision components and tools, or create prototype devices, include transportation, electronics, medical, oil and gas, and the defense industry.

Why Choose Pennco Tech?

Full-time students attend the welding program at Pennco Tech for 26 weeks at the Bristol, PA, campus. Practical, hands-on training for 900 hours is included, with two sections of 450 hours each. Welding Fundamentals introduces students to basic tools and their use. They learn the electrical principles of welding and its terminology. And they get to start welding basic joints and designs. The second part of the course, Advanced Welding, builds the welding skillset, incorporating different types of welding tools, blueprints, and project planning.

Women are encouraged to enroll as students in the Welding program. We support the growth of women and want to raise the awareness the female-potential in one of our trade school programs. We also support veterans who are interested in vocational training, including welding. Additionally, high school seniors that start class the same calendar year they graduate and who are interested in the welding program, may be eligible for a $1000 scholarship with Pennco Tech.

Start Your Career Journey at Pennco Tech

If you are interested in machine skills, a good place to start your career is in the welding program at Pennco Tech. This vocational training program is available to students in Bristol, Pennsylvania. These entry-level welding skills may lead to CNC technician jobs for students who are interested in advancing their careers. Discover your future career at Pennco Tech. Contact us today to learn more about our programs.

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