Profession computer numerical control machine operator

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CNC operators operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks computer numerical control machine operator

  • Determine specifications (material, machine operation, etc.), tool and equipment requirements and procedure sequences from blueprints, instructions and machine knowledge.
  • Select tools and materials necessary for the job.
  • Set up machine controls by turning the planned machining operations into a set of instructions.
  • Test the machine operation by a trial run or using computer simulations.
  • Operate CNC-machines for manufacturing.
  • Control machines during operation, e.g. by listening and observing, in order to detect problems or irregularities.
  • Confer with supervisor or programmer to resolve machine malfunctions and production problems.
  • Adjust machines in case of malfunctioning, problems or irregularities.
  • Mount, install, align and secure tools, attachments, fixtures and workpieces on machines, e.g. using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine parts using hand tools.

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Knowledge

  • Statistical process control

    Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.

Skills

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Use CAM software

    Use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programmes to control machinery and machine tools in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation as part of the manufacturing processes of workpieces.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Program a CNC controller

    Set up the desired product design in the CNC controller of the CNC machine for product manufacturing.

  • Use automatic programming

    Utilise specialised software tools to generate computer code from specifications, such as diagrams, structured informations or other means of describing functionality.

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