Profession milling machine operator

Milling machine operators set up, program and control milling machines, designed to cut excess material from metal workpieces using a computer-controlled rotary-cutting, milling cutter. They read milling machine blueprints and tooling instructions, perform regular machine maintenance, and make adjustments to the milling controls, such as the depth of cuts or the rotation speed.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances

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

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Use automatic programming

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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