Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • CAD CAM Programmer (Computer-Aided Design Computer-Aided Manufacturing Programmer)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machining Center Operator (CNC Machining Center Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist)
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Process Control Programmer (CNC Process Control Programmer)
  • Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer)
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Shop Lead Man
  • Machining Manager
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $45,640 with most people making between $31,800 and $68,710

Outlook

22.22%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 36 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 8 openings due to growth and about 11 replacement openings for approximately 19 total annual openings.



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