Profession computer numerical control machine operator
CNC operators operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
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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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- Statistical process control
Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.
- 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.