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Message Subject Holy crap, Machinist in Nevada starting pay $12hr with benefits
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"I'll take the two-flute coated carbide for 200, Alex..."

Absolutely right on your rant concerning the discretion and experience needed to make a decent program, and that doesn't even begin to delve into fixturing and other make-or-break issues....

CNC isn't always the end-all answer, especially when you are prototyping or fabing a one-off piece. Writing the program would take as long and getting out there and turning the screws....

I work with a bunch of button-pushers who probably could not tram a head to save their lives...

That all said, $12/ hr. is piss-poor pay for what they are expecting.
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