Profession plasma cutting machine operator

Plasma cutting machine operators set up and operate plasma cutting machines designed to cut and shape excess material from a metal workpiece using a plasma torch at a temperature hot enough to melt and cut the metal by burning it and works at a speed that blows away the molten metal from the clear cut.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Plasma torches

    The characteristics of various kinds of plasma torches, their qualities and applications.


  • Tend plasma cutting machine

    Monitor and operate a plasma cutting machine according to regulations.

  • 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.

  • Apply cross-reference tools for product identification

    Employ cross-reference tools and programmes, listing file names and line numbers, to identify part numbers, descriptions, and the vendor as source of origin.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform product testing provide advice to technicians cutting technologies types of metal manufacturing processes manufacturing of metal containers statistical process control interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances ferrous metal processing electrical engineering monitor stock level quality and cycle time optimisation manufacturing of door furniture from metal read standard blueprints replace machines program a cnc controller use cam software manufacturing of heating equipment maintain mechanical equipment manufacturing of doors from metal manufacturing of weapons and ammunition manufacturing of steam generators manufacturing of cutlery inspect quality of products keep records of work progress mark processed workpiece record production data for quality control apply control process statistical methods