Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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About the Job

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

It is also Called

  • Welding Robot Operator
  • Shot Peening Operator
  • Robotic Machine Operator
  • Printed Circuit Boards Numerical Control Drill Operator
  • Plastic CNC Machine Operator
  • Numerical Control Router Set-Up Operator
  • Numerical Control Router Operator
  • Numerical Control Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Numerical Control Milling Machine Operator
  • Numerical Control Machine Tool Operator
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What They Do

  • Examine electronic components for defects or completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscopes.
  • Lay out and mark areas of parts to be shot-peened and fill hoppers with shot.
  • Write simple programs for computer-controlled machine tools.
  • Input initial part dimensions into machine control panels.
  • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
  • Set up future jobs while machines are operating.
  • Implement changes to machine programs and enter new specifications, using computers.
  • Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production.
  • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
  • Control coolant systems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.