Profession metal nibbling operator

Metal nibbling operators cut detailed patterns from metal surfaces by using manual or powered metal nibblers, such as a handheld nibbling drill or a nibbling machine.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Nibbling machine parts

    The various parts, their characteristics and applications of machinery designed for nibbling processes, such as a punch, a die, a die locking boss, a slider, a shaft, a nose cap, and others.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Dies

    The qualities and applications of various kinds of dies, the different components of a die (such as the die block, punch plate, pierce punch and others) and the types of die used in specialised manufacturing processes ( such as extrusion dies, drawing dies, forming dies, cutting dies, compound dies, and others).

Skills

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • Monitor moving workpiece in a machine

    Monitor the processing of a workpiece in motion, such as a piece of metal or wood moved linearly over a static manufacturing machine.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • 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.

  • Operate scrap vibratory feeder

    Operate a vibratory feeder which gradually feeds scrap or other waste material into a bin.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect quality of products manufacturing of metal containers perform machine maintenance use cam software monitor conveyor belt tend nibbling machine smooth burred surfaces quality and cycle time optimisation cutting technologies set up the controller of a machine manufacturing of metal household articles manufacturing of small metal parts consult technical resources metal smoothing technologies statistical process control read standard blueprints keep records of work progress manufacturing of weapons and ammunition tend punch press manufacturing of cutlery manufacturing of door furniture from metal ferrous metal processing operate nibbling equipment interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances manufacturing of metal assembly products provide advice to technicians manufacturing of light metal packaging tend cnc metal punch press replace die non-ferrous metal processing types of metal manufacturing processes program a cnc controller