CNC machinists work with computer numeric controlled (CNC) machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials. Computer numeric controlled equipment is precision machinery programmed by specialized software. CNC machines produce precision parts by cutting, drilling and grinding parts used in the vast majority of all manufactured products. CNC machinists make adjustments to the machine to control speed, material feed and path of the cut, as well as make sure the machines are set up properly, working well, and producing quality product by using a wide verity of precision measuring instruments and inspection techniques. Pay scales can range from $12.50 to $25.00 per hour.