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.
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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

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Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There are no limits to the number of competitors that can register for this competition
  • Competitors must be familiar with all of the core competencies listed, but must not have more than 5 years of industry experience
  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working in the CNC Industry. Competitors will use CNC machines to cut, drill, shape and finish products and components used in engineering and manufacturing
  • This competition is open to anyone studying qualifications at level 2 through to level 6 for England, Northern Ireland and Wales or SCQF Level 10 in Scotland, with relevant experience in programming, setting and operating CNC machines.

How it works

Entry stage sent out when registrations close, by the competition organising partner, competitors will have 2 hours to complete the task with a final deadline of 26th April 2024.

Remote qualifier to take place from the 20th of May at your place of study or employment.

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