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    How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Hi guys,

    I would like to get some advice. I am planning to start a CNC career.

    I am 37 years old graduated as a Level 3 Mechanical Technician with CAD/CAM basics 20 years ago. I live in Nottingham (UK) and spent many years in warehouses and unfortunately i didn't practice my profession. Now i decided to refresh my knowledge which is very poor at this point.

    I would like to get some help how to start it, how to get a CNC setter/operator job (possibly a trainee job) as soon as possible. As a woodworker enthusiast i have some experience in woodworking so i prefer to work in this "sector".

    I have found several courses (2-4 days) but i am not sure about them. Any opinions? Does it worth it? I don't want spend money for "nothing" because i am not sure that 4 days is enough for anything.

    Please give me some tips how to start it. Thx

    Peter

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    4 years at uni might get your foot in a door.

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Quote Originally Posted by dazp1976 View Post
    4 years at uni might get your foot in a door.
    ?Why? We both know it's not necessary... thx for nothing

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Find a cabinet shop that does commercial work, and get your foot in the door.
    Gerry

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    hy, find a place with experimented people, preferable veterans, at least 5-10 ... they should guide you on the right track, speeding up your learning curve

    passion

    patience

    small - medium shop, avoid large

    different parts each day, avoid mass production ( at least for the begining )

    i don't know if is better to go metal or wood ... in metal you will develop accuracy, in wood you will develop soul

    avoid books, especialy those that can make you a machinist in 24 hours ... use cnc zone instead

    kindly

    ps : if you wish to go metal, find a shop with okuma osp300
    Ladyhawke - My Delirium, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_bFO1SNRZg

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Yes, that is what i tried to do but couldn't find any due to lack of experience in CNC or . But keep searching. Thank you for the links.

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    experience in not a must, if the person that is hiring you can feel your passion / desire

    however, there is a managament crisis these days ... maybe find a place ruled by an old-wolf experimented person
    Ladyhawke - My Delirium, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_bFO1SNRZg

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Thank you very much for the advice . Are shorts courses any good? do they worth the money? I cant go to college full time.

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    when i begun cnc-ing, i had no clue, and if i was reading something, then it made no sense to me

    when our 1st cnc arived, i have discussed with the cnc dealer, if there is a chance to send me in another shop, to stay near an experimented programmer, so to gather experience : he replied that he can send me wherever i want, and if i will stay near that person a few months, i will have the confidence that i can do many things, but in reality, i will learn nothing, because i only assited and watched him doing the work : you see, you can not learn to drive a car by reading books or being a passanger

    you need to do it yourself, side by side with other persons ... like this, you will receive an advice from each one, and you will also learn by doing it yourself : this is the fastest method

    i admire your wish ... good luck
    Ladyhawke - My Delirium, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_bFO1SNRZg

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    Re: How to start a CNC career and what course should i do?

    Yes, absolutely agree!

    I want to do it rather just watch it. Just can't see any opportunity at this point. Applied many trainee jobs and apprenticeships... No chance without experience or the younger ones are preferred. I tried to speak some experienced guy but no one did get back to me at all. :/ Actually this is what i am still trying now. Maybe i should try harder. I won't give it up for sure.

    Thank you for spending your time for me.

    All the best

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