Profession water jet cutter operator

Water jet cutter operators set up and operate a water jet cutter, designed to cut excess material from a metal workpiece by using a high-pressure jet of water, or an abrasive substance mixed with water.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Water pressure

    Physical laws, qualities and applications of liquid or water pressure.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Tend water jet cutter machine

    Tend a jet cutter machine, operating and monitoring the machine, according to regulations.

  • 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.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of doors from metal cutting technologies electrical engineering read standard blueprints monitor automated machines provide advice to technicians manufacturing of metal containers abrasive blasting processes cae software statistical process control use cam software mechanics cad software work ergonomically ferrous metal processing interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances procure mechanical machinery manufacturing of steam generators monitor stock level manufacturing of heating equipment manufacturing of cutlery manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers types of metal manufacturing processes manufacturing of metal structures manufacturing of light metal packaging inspect quality of products quality and cycle time optimisation program a cnc controller cadd software mark processed workpiece keep records of work progress record production data for quality control manufacturing of weapons and ammunition maintain mechanical equipment