Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal & Plastic


Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
Also called: Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator), Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist), Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Machinist

Knowledge:

    Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • design
    Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
    Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    Technical
  • watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • testing how well a product or service works

Abilites:

    Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
    Controlled Movement
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
    Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds
  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence
  • Self Control

Technology:

    Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • CNC Mastercam
    Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
    Analytical or scientific software
  • CNC Consulting Machinists' Calculator
  • Kentech Kipware Trig Kalculator

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    certificate after high school
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