Profession laser cutting machine operator

Laser cutting machine operators set up, program and tend laser cutting machines, designed to cut, or rather burn off and melt, excess material from a metal workpiece by directing a computer-motion-controlled powerful laser beam through laser optics. They read laser cutting machine blueprints and tooling instructions, perform regular machine maintenance, and make adjustments to the milling controls, such as the intensity of the laser beam and its positioning.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Statistical process control

    Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.

  • CAM software

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

  • Laser types

    The various types of lasers, their specific qualities and their applications, such as for cutting, engraving, welding, and others.

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.

  • Interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances

    Understand and assess the models and symbolic language of the GD&T system indicating engineering tolerances.

  • 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.

  • Apply control process statistical methods

    Applies statistical methods from Design of Experiments (DOE) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) in order to control manufacturing processes.

  • Use automatic programming

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

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of weapons and ammunition mark processed workpiece manufacturing of heating equipment liaise with managers manufacturing of daily use goods program a cnc controller ferrous metal processing tend cnc laser cutting machine cae software keep records of work progress manufacturing of light metal packaging mechanics manufacturing of metal structures inspect quality of products record production data for quality control manufacturing of cutlery non-ferrous metal processing maintain mechanical equipment manufacturing of metal containers monitor stock level manufacturing of doors from metal cad software use cad software procure mechanical machinery manufacturing of jewellery electrical engineering manufacturing of steam generators trigonometry geometry manufacturing of door furniture from metal manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers types of metal manufacturing processes work ergonomically cadd software cutting technologies provide advice to technicians manufacturing of sports equipment