How to train in laser cutting
Pick an occupation. A few different industries need operators to perform laser cutting, and they require different levels of training. Manufacturing jobs require the least intensive training, while those entering a scientific or engineering occupation will need post-secondary education in science or mathematics. Overall, job growth for computer control programmers will be slower than average, but those working with metals and plastics (such as laser cutting) will increase at about the national average. This section will only detail laser-specific training.
Explore your options. Certification, licensure or training is not required to become a CNC operator/laser cutter. Entry-level applicants can be trained in the use of laser cutters on the job, but they typically have experience as machinists or operators. Once employed, your employer may pay to further your skills, so formal training is not necessary to get a job. If you'd like to start out with a better position and higher pay, some sort of experience or training will be needed. Generalized CNC training offered by these programs will lead to better job prospects than the specialized training received from an employer.
Choose a program. Colleges and trade-schools have CNC programs, some of which focus specifically on laser cutting, but any certification or degree is valid. A background in high-school mathematics, blueprint reading and a familiarity with computers (especially computer programming) is helpful to new students.