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Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

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Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

    Work Activities
    • Write programs in the language of a machine's controller and store programs on media such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
    • Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
    • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
    • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
    • Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine's controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.
    • Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
    • Prepare geometric layouts from graphic displays, using computer-assisted drafting software or drafting instruments and graph paper.
    • Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
    • Modify existing programs to enhance efficiency.
    • Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
    • Draw machine tool paths on pattern film, using colored markers and following guidelines for tool speed and efficiency.
    • Sort shop orders into groups to maximize materials utilization and minimize machine setup time.
    • Enter coordinates of hole locations into program memories by depressing pedals or buttons of programmers.
    • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
    • Perform preventative maintenance or minor repairs on machines.
    • Align and secure pattern film on reference tables of optical programmers, and observe enlarger scope views of printed circuit boards.
    Skills
    • Programming

      Writing computer programs for various purposes.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Perceptual Speed

      The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $50,900/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.47/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,010
    • Yearly Projected Openings 250
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Turret lathe
    • Laser cutting machine
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Calipers
    • Automatic lathe or chucking machine
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.