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Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic

Also called: Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist), Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer), Process Engineer, Programmer

What they do:
Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot Technology
  • Mastercam
  • Vero Software WorkNC
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • PTC Creo Parametric Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • G code
  • M code

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • CNC Setup Programmer - Milling
  • CNC Setup Programmer - Milling & Turning
  • CNC Setup Programmer -Turning
  • Tool Programmer, Numerical Control

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$50,580
$32,860
$78,760

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