NEXT PROS JOB MATCH: Kevin Kelley, CNC Operator
By Arkansas Next PROS staff on Monday, October 15, 2018
Hometown: Ozark • Age: 30 • Training: Took classes in Basic Machining, Setup, and Fundamentals of Machining at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Employer: ABB in Fort Smith
"Machining can teach you much more than making a part for a machine. It will teach you to make confident decisions and to approach a problem from different angles. Whether you become a machinist, CNC operator or go on to bigger things, the skills you learn will help you succeed. No one can ever learn too much, and this is an amazing path to experience."
THIS OPTION IS FOR YOU IF...
√ You pay attention to details
√ You want to create useful things
√ You want to learn something new every day
Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in the United States
What does a CNC operator do?
CNC operators use computer-programmed machines to manufacture precision parts for a variety of different products. The machines drill, cut and shape the raw materials into metal and plastic parts.
CNC = Computer Numerical Control
- Set up, monitor and operate the machines
- Calibrate the settings of the machines for temperature, speed and cycle times
- Feed material into the machines and remove the finished products
- Use gauges and measuring instruments to test finished products and ensure they meet specifications
- Record production numbers
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What do you want others to know about the CNC profession?
“There are so many different things to learn that will expand your mind. It can push the boundaries of what you know and can do. You also get paid pretty good too.”
High-end earners (top 10%) make
Average Wages in Arkansas
$49,300 - Annual | $23.70 - Hourly
Arkansas State University–Mid-South
Arkansas State University–Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
READY TO HIRE YOU!
ABB Motors & Mechanical
Nucor Steel Arkansas*
*Experience a plus for certain positions
SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Be Pro Be Proud / PayScale / Projections Managing Partnership