Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-8% (decline)


What Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators Do

Operate computer-controlled tools, machines, or robots to machine or process parts, tools, or other work pieces made of metal, plastic, wood, stone, or other materials. May also set up and maintain equipment.

Other Job Titles Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators May Have

Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator), Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist), Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Machinist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Assistant Instructor/Lathe Class Instructor ,

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I'll sit down, hop on the computer to learn something new, teach myself about a specific subject for the day, then jump into the machine shop to apply what I've learned in a hands-on environment.

Machine Operator ,

DuPage Machine product

I have to be at work before everyone else. I make sure that each CNC machine has an operator readily available. This operator is in charge of starting up the machine each day. I assist every machine operator in the event that any problems arise with the machines. I'm in charge of productivity as well as quality control.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
  • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.

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