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

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

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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