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Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers in Santa Clara County

May also be called: Computer Control Programmers; Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Programmers; Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Programmers; Numerical Control Programmers; Numerical Tool Programmers

What Would I Do?

Numerical Control Tool and Process Control Programmers, also called Computer Control Programmers, make precision metal or plastic parts using computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to do their work. Before Computer Control Programmers make or "machine" a part, they must carefully plan, prepare, and write computer programs for the operation.

Computer Control Programmers work on desktop computers in offices near, but separate from, the shop floor. Many work a 40-hour week. However, overtime is common during peak production periods.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Computer Control Programmer may appeal to those who are mechanically inclined and enjoy performing duties that are organized, clearly defined, and require accuracy and attention to detail.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers in California was N/A annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/data/wages.html Wages do not reflect self-employment.

Benefits generally include health and life insurance, retirement plans, and vacation and sick leave. Many employers, especially those with formal apprenticeship programs, offer tuition assistance for training classes.

What is the Job Outlook?

The demand for Computer Control Programmers will be negatively affected by the increasing use of software, such as CAD and CAM, that automatically translates part and product designs into CNC machine tool instructions. However, due to the limited number of people entering training programs, employers are expected to continue to have difficulty finding workers with the necessary skills and knowledge.

How Do I Qualify?

Computer Control Programmers usually follow one of the following training paths: formal apprenticeships, vocational schools, community college programs, certificate programs, or extensive on-the-job training.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Newspaper classified ads and the Internet provide additional sources for job listings. Union members search for jobs by registering with their local hiring hall. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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The California Occupational Guides are a product of:
The California Employment Development Department
Labor Market Information Division

Printed on Sunday, June 26, 2022