Profession spark erosion machine operator

Spark erosion machine operators set up and tend spark erosion machines designed to cut excess material from a metal workpiece by the use of electrical discharges, or sparks, caused by electric voltage and separated by a dielectric liquid, which removes pieces of metal from the electrodes These applications can involve transmission and optical microscopy.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Metal eroding technology

    The various eroding technology and techniques, automated or otherwise, such as electrical discharge machining, die sinking, wire eroding and others.

  • Electrical discharge

    Tthe qualities and applications of electrical discharge, including voltage and electrodes.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tend spark erosion machine

    Monitor and operate a spark erosion machine according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of metal containers apply control process statistical methods manufacturing of steam generators cutting technologies manufacturing of door furniture from metal non-ferrous metal processing interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances record production data for quality control electrical engineering use cam software manufacturing of light metal packaging program a cnc controller ensure public safety and security statistical process control manufacturing of cutlery chemistry manufacturing of metal household articles monitor stock level mark processed workpiece inspect quality of products types of metal manufacturing processes replace machines manufacturing of weapons and ammunition quality and cycle time optimisation keep records of work progress manufacturing of small metal parts perform product testing perform test run maintain mechanical equipment read standard blueprints ferrous metal processing manufacturing of tools provide advice to technicians ensure equipment availability