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CNC Operator Jobs

CNC Operator Jobs

How to Enter

Whilst there are no specific educational requirements for entry-level CNC Operator jobs, many employers prefer candidates who have a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4), which recently replaced the National Certificate equivalent.

In addition, we often see the following personal requirements being asked for in CNC Operators by employers:

  • Highly accurate and patient

  • Able to follow instructions

  • Responsible and safety-conscious

  • Great communicator

  • Able to make good judgements

  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team

Typical Responsibilities

As a CNC Operator, you could find yourself doing some or all of the following job responsibilities:

  • Studying and understanding engineering drawings and instructions

  • Deciding on suitable construction materials and working methods

  • Preparing materials for cutting and drilling

  • Operating machines to cut, drill and shape materials

  • Welding parts together

  • Checking quality of work

  • Testing finished products


CNC Operators may choose to move into a supervisory or managerial role given enough time and experience. Additionally, Operators can also progress into specialist areas such as Product Design, Toolmaking, Metal Forming, Machine Maintenance or General Engineering.

Salary Range

Entry: 32K – 50K per annum (NZD)