Jim has been programming using Mastercam for over 18 years, and has worked with many other CAD/CAM systems throughout his career. In addition to programming with Mastercam, Jim is proficient at manual programming, including custom macros, and also programs in Visual Basic and other high-level programming languages. He has been programming reports for over 15 years, working with Crystal Reports and ActiveReports providing reports for ERP systems and Mastercam.
His experience includes working in job shops, the aerospace industry, medical, heavy and light industrial, and plastic injection molding. He is proficient at programming one-off prototypes to high volume production parts for machines ranging from 2 through 9-axis lathes and 2 1/2 through 5-axis mills, machining cell systems, and routers. Jim has worked on a vast variety of materials, and parts ranging in size from ones that several would fit on a fingernail to parts that required heavy cranes to move.
He is known for his well-organized approach to projects and attention to detail. He has proven to be an excellent teacher for Mastercam and CNC programming and has taught dozens of people to become programmers and CNC machinists. He has taught Machine Technology at a community college. Jim has believed all of his working life that if you are dedicated and take good care of your employer’s needs, it will be beneficial to both parties. He has retained this philosophy in his business, taking care of clients is the first priority.
Jim and his associates look forward to being able to serve you.
Jim Varco, founder and President of Varco Consulting, Inc. and Varco Reporting, Inc., has been involved in manufacturing all of his life with over 35 years in machining and 30 years in CNC programming. Jim grew up on a farm in Bend Oregon where he learned at a very early age strong work ethics, integrity, how to apply himself and complete tasks, and problem solving skills.
After high school he worked in a large wood moulding mill in Bend and quickly worked himself into key positions doing machine setups and maintenance. He also worked in various positions, including maintenance, in a local saw mill. While working in maintenance Jim had the opportunity to work with local machine shops and developed an interest in machining. He apprenticed with a local job shop and achieved an Associate Degree in Machine Shop Technology from Central Oregon Community College. Jim worked with manual mills, lathes, screw machines, and other typical job shop equipment for several years. His first work with NC machines was with an old paper tape driven VMC programmed using a Flexwriter .The shop bought a new CNC lathe and asked Jim to figure out how to run it. He did, and discovered that he had an exceptional aptitude for programming.