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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic Print

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

    Work Activities
    • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
    • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
    • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
    • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
    • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
    • Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation.
    • Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
    • Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
    • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
    • Enter commands or load control media, such as tapes, cards, or disks, into machine controllers to retrieve programmed instructions.
    • Monitor machine operation and control panel displays and compare readings to specifications to detect malfunctions.
    • Remove and replace dull cutting tools.
    • Modify cutting programs to account for problems encountered during operation and save modified programs.
    • Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls when automatic programming is faulty or if machines malfunction.
    • Calculate machine speed and feed ratios and the size and position of cuts.
    • Lift workpieces to machines manually or with hoists or cranes.
    • Stack or load finished items or place items on conveyor systems.
    • Control coolant systems.
    • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
    • Input initial part dimensions into machine control panels.
    • Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production.
    • Implement changes to machine programs and enter new specifications, using computers.
    • Write simple programs for computer-controlled machine tools.
    • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
    • Set up future jobs while machines are operating.
    • Lay out and mark areas of parts to be shot-peened and fill hoppers with shot.
    • Examine electronic components for defects or completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscopes.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

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

    • Monitoring

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

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

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

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

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

    • Mathematics

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

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $40,100/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.28/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 13,360
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,330
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Traveling column milling machine
    • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
    • Milling machines
    • Calipers
    • Boring machines
    Technology
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.