CNC and Robotics Operators
CNC and Robotics Operators operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
Persons interested in becoming computer control programmers or operators should be mechanically inclined and able to work independently and do highly accurate work.
Computer control programmers and operators train in various ways—in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, and in secondary, vocational, or postsecondary schools. The more skills needed for the job, the more education and training are needed to qualify. Many entrants have previously worked as machinists or machine setters, operators and tenders. Entry-level CNC machine operators may need at least a few months of on-the-job training to reach proficiency. Experienced CNC operators may become CNC programmers or machinery mechanics, and some are promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms. Some highly skilled workers move into tool and die making, and a few open their own shops.
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Computer control programmers or operators need high school or vocational school courses in trigonometry and algebra, blueprint reading, computer programming, metalworking and drafting. As new technology is introduced, computer control programmers and operators receive additional training, often provided by a representative of the equipment manufacturer or a local technical school. Many entrants to these occupations have experience working as machine setters, operators, and tenders or machinists. Persons interested in becoming computer control programmers or operators should be mechanically inclined and able to work independently and do highly accurate work.