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
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.
Level of Education Attained by Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators
Most common level of education among people in this career: High school diploma or equivalent (39%)
I think that there are three fundamentals that anyone looking for a job can apply to their lives and be successful: you have to show up on time, you have to work hard, and you have to be willing to learn. I didn't know anything about machinery when I first got into this field, but I went through it as a student myself, applied those three things to my work habits, and now I'm an instructor.
Time management skills. This fields requires a person to be able to complete certain set ups within a specific time frame. Math skills are also vital in this field. If a measurement is off, the products produced will be wrong and can potentially cost the company thousands of dollars. People skills is also very important in this field. You have to be able to work well with all of your teammates.
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