CNC Operator

CNC Operator

CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines make precision parts found in items we use every day. CNC operators enable the machine's success by programming precision cutting and using skillfully-trained ears to avoid issues like excessive vibrations that can affect quality.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

15% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Apprenticeship during or after high school

 
Responsibilities*
  • Set up machines according to blueprints
  • Monitor machines for unusual sound or vibration
  • Insert material into machines, manually or with a hoist
  • Operate metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines
  • Adjust machine settings for temperature, speed and feed rates, and cycle times
  • Remove finished products and smooth rough edges and imperfections
  • Test and compare finished workpieces to specifications
  • Remove and replace dull cutting tools
  • Document production numbers in a computer database
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $38,040
Hourly = $18.29

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Metal and Plastic Machine Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/metal-and-plastic-machine-workers.htm (visited April 22, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#49-0000 (visited April 22, 2015).