About This Career
Develops programs to control machining or processing of materials by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. May also set up, operate, or maintain equipment.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Writes programs in the language of a machine's controller and stores programs on media, such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
- Determines the sequence of machine operations, and selects the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
- Analyzes job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
- Writes instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine's controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.
- Revises programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retests programs to check that problems have been solved.
- Observes machines on trial runs or conducts computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
- Enters computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
- Modifies existing programs to enhance efficiency.
- Determines reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and computes angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
- Sorts shop orders into groups to maximize materials utilization and minimize machine setup time.