Furniture CNC technician

Furniture CNC technician

Manufacture furniture and furniture components

A furniture CNC technician manufactures furniture and furniture components, such as desk lids, doors, casings or legs, using computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery to perform precision tasks, such as setting, loading and proving (testing) CNC programs to produce furniture and components, setting up, operating and maintaining machinery, improving processes to produce furniture efficiently, and finding and rectifying faults with furniture production machinery. You could also produce and maintain jigs and templates to produce furniture components and create and modify programmes for producing furniture using computer-aided design. As an apprentice, you’ll work with a range of colleagues including production and manufacturing managers, quality technicians, production leaders, designers, product developers, training coordinators, production operatives and engineers. Furniture CNC technicians can work in a range of environments from small workshops to large factories and you may be required to work various shift patterns.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: DT, art and maths

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000

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