I am interviewing for a CNC woodworker. I am experienced in CNC programming. Although that was with metal working. I was wondering what I should be looking for as a pay rate. I am sure the machines are different and the feeds and speeds. I should be able to pick up everything rapidly.
Noah: ESL is just pulling your chain. There are guys on this forum who like to knock down anyone who doesn't know the answer before they ask the question. Or he may be surprised that a CNC operator doesn't use spell check - it's kind of a red flag for someone who should be computer literate.
Your $14/hr is lower than what I pay in Philadelphia, but that might be correct for your area. I would suggest that you take the job, and then blow them away with your skill and commitment to the job. Once you have them eating out of your hand, ask for a raise. If you are worth it, a smart boss will do that in a heartbeat. Much easier than taking a chance on your replacement. If you aren't ready to take responsibility for improving your skills, then you will probably stay at $14/hr.
I feel like $14 is just to see if I am all talk. I am a motivated individual, with no life other then crafting. The job Im leaving has bent over backward to try and keep me but there pay cap is only $20 for a machinist. Also it 1 1/4 hours away.
What would you pay someone in my position. I am extremely handy I can design and build these multi-head routers myself. My employer will find out soon enough.
No offense taken I took the job. I just didn't know what to ask for, that was fair for both of us. I understand about the cross industry issue. The shop does trophies and recognition type woodwork.
I am sure I will be able to pick it up. I taught myself g-code. In a machine shop I am required to go from print to part. (Or broken part to part). I am also responsible for jig and fixturing as well as running multiple machines and programming almost all parts on the fly.
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