Where are all the CNC Programmmers?
For the last few months I have been looking for a CNC Programmer/machine operator to work in our shop here at Safety Harbor Firearms. After I took delivery of my new Haas CNC Milling machine I thought it would be easy to find someone to do programming with Mastercam. With the economy in its current condition I thought there would be many people looking for work. Man was I wrong - yes there are lots of people looking for work but not many CNC programmers - least not in the Tampa Bay area. Aside from ads placed on Craigslist (those ads got the most replys) I placed an ad in one of the local newspapers ($350.00 7days print and internet) and received 0 replys - I was offering $18.00 to $22.00 per hour. Whats going on? where are all the programmers? They cant all be working at Home Depot or living on the government cheese. If I was a kid out of high school and didnt want to do the 4 year college thing you can bet i would be learning Mastercam/machine operation.
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