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Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
 
Revise programs and/or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
 
Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data in order to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
 
Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
 
Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
 
Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
 
Enter coordinates of hole locations into program memories by depressing pedals or buttons of programmers.
 
Write programs in the language of a machine's controller and store programs on media such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
 
Modify existing programs to enhance efficiency.
 
Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
 
Prepare geometric layouts from graphic displays, using computer-assisted drafting software or drafting instruments and graph paper.
 
Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine's controller in order to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.
 
Sort shop orders into groups to maximize materials utilization and minimize machine setup time.
 
Draw machine tool paths on pattern film, using colored markers and following guidelines for tool speed and efficiency.
 
Align and secure pattern film on reference tables of optical programmers, and observe enlarger scope views of printed circuit boards.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
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.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
CAD CAM Programmer (Computer-Aided Design Computer-Aided Manufacturing Programmer)
Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer)
Machinist
Manufacturing Engineer
Metal Numerical Control Programmer
Metal Numerical Tool Programmer
Mold Maker
Numerical Control Nesting Operator
Numerical Control Programmer (NC Programmer)
Numerical Control Tool Programmer
Numerical Tool Programmer
Plastic Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer
Process Control Programmer
Process Engineer
Programer
Programmer
Project Engineer
Sheet Metal Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer
Software Engineer
Tool Maker
Tool and Die Maker
Welding Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Information Technology
Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
 
 
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