DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-4011 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Occupational Description:Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
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|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Tasks for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Selects, measures, assembles, and sets machine tools, such as drill bits and milling or cutting tools, using precision gauges and instruments.
- Mounts, installs, aligns, and secures tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpiece on machine, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
- Determines specifications or procedures for tooling set-up, machine operation, workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences, using blueprints, instructions, and machine knowledge.
- Calculates and sets machine controls to position tools, synchronize tape and tool, or regulate cutting depth, speed, feed, or coolant flow.
- Monitors machine operation and control panel displays to detect malfunctions and compare readings to specifications.
- Enters commands or manually adjusts machine controls to correct malfunctions or tolerances.
- Measures dimensions of finished workpiece to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
- Examines electronic components for defects and completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscope.
- Operates lathe, drill-press, jig-boring machine, or other machines manually or semiautomatically.
- Cleans machine, tooling, and parts, using solvent or solution and rag.
- Confers with supervisor or programmer to resolve machine malfunctions and production errors and obtains approval to continue production.
- Maintains machines and removes and replaces broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
- Lifts workpiece to machine manually, with hoist or crane, or with tweezers.
- Stops machine to remove finished workpiece or change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequence.
- Lays out and marks areas of part to be shot-peened, and fills hopper with shot.
- Positions and secures workpiece on machine bed, indexing table, fixture, or dispensing or holding device.
- Loads control media, such as tape, card, or disk, in machine controller or enters commands to retrieve programmed instructions.
- Starts automatic operation of numerical control machine to machine parts or test setup, workpiece dimensions, or programming.