Tips for Hiring The Best CNC Technicians and Machinists

Recently, we’ve heard from several clients in the manufacturing and industrial sectors who came to Vector Technical Recruiters after having a very difficult time finding qualified CNC Technicians and Machinists. 

We hear you. Finding the candidates you need – let alone, highly skilled CNC technicians and machinists – has never been more difficult. 

But we have some tips to help reinvent your recruiting process and put an end to your hiring woes. Read on to learn how, when it comes to finding and hiring the best CNC technicians and machinists, there are steps you can take so that you can work less, and get better results.

Testing Machinist Candidates Can Ensure Valuable Hires

Résumés will only tell you so much about the candidates you are considering. Sure, they provide an educational and professional history that can highlight the potential value of an applicant. However, they do not always fully demonstrate the level of practical skill, or level dynamic problem-solving a candidate might have.

Many of our clients have taken to giving variations of CNC skills tests during the interview process to evaluate the candidate thoroughly and gauge their level of skill.

Hire Out of Technical Schools and “Up-Skill”

Hiring graduates fresh out of technical school might not appeal to employers who need highly skilled technicians and machinists now. But more employers are taking a long game to build their professional roster.

There are several reasons why this strategy will likely pay off in the future:

  • What new applicants lack in experience many make up with a willingness to learn and prove themself in their new role.
  • With graduates, especially those in an apprenticeship capacity, you can tailor their training to focus on the specific aspects of your industry and the processes unique to your own company.
  • Skilled workers know their worth, and they’re far more likely to stay with an employer who values them enough to invest in their development and career goals.

While it can be somewhat time-consuming to build your workforce from entry-level hires, it could be a highly valuable investment. The best way to ensure the soon-to-be-former students can meet your expectations is to offer internships. These programs will allow you to experience their skillset firsthand and determine if they will be a good long-term fit.

Make Use of Third-Party Recruiters to Expand the Candidate Pool

All these tips are good for employers who have plenty of candidates to choose from. But what about now, when the market for viable CNC candidates has become almost non-existent. An unfortunate byproduct of trying to recruit single-handedly is limitations to your reach.

Our clients came to Vector Technical because they didn’t have the time or resources to find and hire candidates on their own. But with a recruiting firm like Vector Technical, you can extend the search beyond the regular job boards that aren’t getting results.

You’ll effectively have access to an exclusive network of skilled workers at the ready. So rather than worry about where to find candidates, you’ll have your pick of several candidates that meet your job requirements and company culture. 

Take the Hassle Out of Hiring CNC Talent

At Vector Technical, we are experts at providing our clients in the Cleveland, Ohio, area with top-tier CNC technicians and machinists. We know how frustrating and overwhelming it can be to find the right candidate. This is especially true if you’re running a shop floor. You likely don’t have the time or focus to spend searching for and recruiting the best talent in the industry. 

That’s why so many of our clients come back to us every time. We are more than recruiters, we are your advocate in the manufacturing and industrial sector. Contact us today and let Vector take the hassle out of hiring your next CNC technician or machinist.