- Jan 16, 2017
Just wondering how everyone started out here and what they're doing now. I know a lot of you started out as hobbyists and still are and a lot have started as apprentice tool and die makers. My real question is those of you still new to this and wanting to get into CNC work instead of the manual work. For those who went to school for CNC machine work, how long did it take for you to get on a CNC at your current job. Is 5 years after graduation normal for this? My biggest worry is that I'm going to forget everything I've learned in CAM software and CNC G-coding. I have a remarkable short-term memory but if I'm not using CAD/Cam or G-code for 2-3 weeks I forget a LOT of it. Now I understand most companies aren't going to put you right on a CNC right out of school, but what is the normal time range if you know what you're doing for the most part? Thanks!