Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic SOC: 51-4011
Operate robots or computer-controlled machines to execute machine tasks on metal and plastic.
- 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.
- Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
- Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation.
- Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
- Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
- Remove and replace dull cutting tools.
Entry Level Earnings: $12.50 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $18.50 and up
Experienced Earnings: $23.02
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma
Average Monthly Hires (2018): 437
Applied Mathematics: 3
Reading for Information: 3
Locating Information: 4
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