I wanted to start off by giving you guys some information about myself and where my headspace is at. So to kick it off I'm in my late 20's and have been machining for 6ish years, 4 years of that was my apprenticeship. I've been with the same company for about a decade (pretty much spent my whole adult life here). The payrate is decent and I enjoy the company atmosphere. The Machining isn't overly complex but it is extremely fast paced and frankly overwhelming. My concerns are that I'm stagnating as an individual due to : (the limited materials I machine),(limited to handwriting g-code),(the shop not having a cad/cam software for the machinists),(barely learning new things from my peers). Being a "journeyman" machinist I have that imposter syndrome... This past year I've been focusing on core machining techniques and I've realized how little I know. My goal is to transition to a cad/cam programmer but it's going to take me awhile to build my skills. Now I'll get to all the issues that have rolled around in my head. I'm young and a hard worker... I strive to do my best day in day out so everyone in the company will succeed. With that being said I don't think I will ever be moved off the machine I operate due to several factors. Such as my high production rate, lack of new talent/hires, the money/ training invested into me to operate the machining center. This high production/high paced work is going to break my body it's just a matter of time. The price of my knees...back...honestly any body part outweighs my Payrate 30 fold. I'm overly stressed every day due to lights-out operation (I leave work with that constant feeling of I missed something or put a part in wrong). Everyday is a mental battle for me... stay and potentially be broken and limited to the scope of this company, or move on and risk being a failure at a new company or companies. Currently I'm learning and pursuing some certifications for fusion 360 but I'm unsure if certifications would even prepare me for a lateral move to a full time programming position. On a side note.. (HOPES) : What I would like to do is move out of heavy production so I can use future cad/cam skills to better the companies machining/fixturing. (FEARS) : Losing my job and starting back at square one because I didn't progress my career correctly. Maybe someone here has been in a situation like this and can shed their own personal experience. Any machining resources will help, also all opinions and advice are welcome.