Overview

CNC milling, or computer numerical control milling, is a machining process which employs computerised controls and rotating multi-point cutting tools to progressively remove material from the work piece and produce a custom-designed part or product. This process is suitable for machining a wide range of materials, such as metal, plastic, glass, and wood, and producing a variety of custom-designed parts and products.

The CNC Milling competition prepares you for industry by putting you in the role of the CNC machinist. Competitors will work to a set brief and use CNC machine tools to cut, drill, shape and finish products and components used in engineering and manufacturing.

 

 

 

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Math Skills

  • IT Skills

  • Understanding of health and safety

  • Safe handling of machinery

  • Familiarity with CAD/CAM system

  • Problem Solving

  • Interpret Drawings

  • Process Planning

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working in the CNC Industry. Competitors can be in education and training or working in industry. Competitors will use CNC machine told to cut, drill, shape and finish products and components used in engineering and manufacturing. The competition is based on the standards attained by trainees who are studying or enrolled on a level 3 programme or who have achieved a level 3 qualification in the last 12 months. (Up to level 3 for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, up to level 6 for Scotland or up to five years’ experience in a working environment).

How it works

Use our practical guidance and tools to run your own competition activity as part of your teaching and learning programmes. This is a great way to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for competitions

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Prepare learners to take part in competition by developing their technical and mental skills so they can compete at their best – there are lots of tools and resources available to help you

Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Young person competing in CNC Milling competition

Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

Kickstart a career in CNC Milling

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