Looking for a CNC Operator position? You’re in good company. Top CNC operators have excellent mechanical aptitude and are skilled at operating equipment such as precision grinders, machine tools, lathes and lasers.
As a CNC Operator, you’ll be responsible for producing machine parts by programming, setting up and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, maintaining quality and safety standards, keeping records and maintaining equipment and supplies
To be successful, you must be analytical and good at solving problems. You’ll also need to be comfortable reading blueprints and mechanical drawings.
Typical duties could include:
- Setting up and operating mills and lathes by entering instructions;
- Loading feed mechanism by lifting stock into position;
- Verify settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces;
- Troubleshooting and making adjustments as needed; and
- Completing all applicable paperwork.
Employers are looking for candidates with experience doing setup, basic programming and operating machinery, and who are able to:
- Read work instructions in English and communicate effectively;
- Work independently and self motivate;
- Operate a forklift as needed;
- Maintain clean and safe work area; and
- Pass criminal background checks and drug tests.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for CNC Operators may drop as much as six percent by 2022, because of technological advances and outsourcing. Some sectors may see continued growth such as the high-paying aerospace industry which can pay as much as $23.33 on average. Most metal and plastics operators earn an average hourly wage of $15-18 per hour.
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