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CNC Milling

Shaping metal and other solid materials using a computer controlled milling machine to create products used in almost every aspect of modern life.

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Why is this skill important?

Nearly everything we see or use today has been manufactured utilizing CNC technology - e.g. cars, airplanes, components of machines of all types, moulds for tools, medical prosthetics, cell phones, toys, and more.

CNC milling machines are programmed with a computer code to read and store instructions to control and drive a powered mechanical device to cut metal and other solid materials and shape precision products.

The milling machinist will read and interpret engineering technical drawings and specifications; generate and program a plan using a computer; set up the tooling, work holding device and work piece; manipulate the cutting conditions; and operate, inspect and maintain the precision and accuracy of dimensions and details throughout the process.

They are proficient at metal work skills and understands how metals react to various processes, and are a skilled operator of both computers and machines.  The most skilled machinist always works to optimize the efficiency of the process as well as the quality of output.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Complex problems
  • Using computers
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will work with CNC milling machines tools to shape of metal and other solid materials.

  • An ability to interpret engineering drawings and follow the specifications is essential for this Skill.

  • A machining centre is used to fabricate components using cutting tools for removal of material.

  • Competitors will be required to produce metal parts covering different practical scenarios.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.