Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator

EDUCATION LEVEL

Vocational Educational and Training

DEMAND

Average

Category

Vehicles, Machinery, Metals Electronics, Electrotechnics

SALARY

3100 - 3500

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Summary

CNC machine operators produce parts and machines by programming, constructing, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC). Thus, the machines operate automatically controlled by computers.

Acitivities

  • Studying engineering plans, materials, specifications, and parameters of a machine
  • Setting up machine control instructions so it can operate by itself
  • Producing and controlling manufactured equipment
  • Supervising machine work while performing programmed actions, and performing any adjustments needed for better results
  • Maintaining the machine to ensure good machine conditions
  • Replacing old equipment with new ones
  • Writing reports documenting actions taken, irregularities and ongoing requirements.

Knowledge and skills
required

  • Have good skills in reading documents and mechanical drawings
  • Have computer skills and knowledge of computer programming
  • Have mechanical, technical and mathematical skills
  • Pay attention to details and have a result-oriented approach
  • Have physical stamina.

Work condition

CNC machines are widespread in the manufacturing sectors. CNC machine operators work in different environments of different factories. Their work environment can be dirty and noisy. CNC machine operators can be exposed to dangerous situations and vehicles, such as high-speed machines. Their working hours can be with shifts, as they include night and weekends work.

Work tools

CNC machine operators use a computer for numerical control from which the devices that perform the functions are controlled such as measuring devices, special calculator, cutting and bending tools, and safety devices, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids for noise suppression. They work with different materials such as iron, wood, plastic etc.

Necessary education and training

CNC machine operators must complete professional technical school, bachelor level in the field of mechatronics or similar, depending on the employer and his/her daily duties. To be trained in this occupation, internships, and engineering and programming courses are required.

Occupations

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