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Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces. Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
 
Remove and replace dull cutting tools.
 
Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
 
Listen to machines during operation in order to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
 
Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls when automatic programming is faulty or if machines malfunction.
 
Stop machines to remove finished workpieces, or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
 
Lift workpieces to machines manually, or with hoists or cranes.
 
Modify cutting programs to account for problems encountered during operation and save modified programs.
 
Calculate machine speed and feed ratios, and the size and position of cuts.
 
Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation.
 
Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
 
Input initial part dimensions into machine control panels.
 
Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
 
Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions and production errors, and to obtain approval to continue production.
 
Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
 
Monitor machine operation and control panel displays, and compare readings to specifications in order to detect malfunctions.
 
Control coolant systems.
 
Maintain machines, and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
 
Stack or load finished items, or place items on conveyor systems.
 
Clean machines, tooling, and parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
 
Enter commands or load control media such as tapes, cards, or disks into machine controllers in order to retrieve programmed instructions.
 
Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) control modules, using computer network links.
 
Set up future jobs while machines are operating.
 
Implement changes to machine programs, and enter new specifications, using computers.
 
Write simple programs for computer-controlled machine tools.
 
Examine electronic components for defects and completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscopes.
 
Lay out and mark areas of parts to be shot-peened, and fill hoppers with shot.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
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.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
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.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
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.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
1CadCam Unigraphics Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
BobCAD-CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
CGTech Vericut CNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
CNC Consulting Machinists' Calculator Analytical or scientific software
 
CNC Mastercam Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
CNC TurboCAD/CAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Cadem CAPSMill Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Cadem CAPSTurn Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Cadem NCnet Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Cadem seeNC Mill Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Dassault Systemes CATIA software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Delcam PowerMILL Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Direct Motion computer numerically controlled CNC software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
ESPRIT computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
EZ-CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
EditCNC software Analytical or scientific software
 
ExtraTech Machine Tools Suite Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
FlashCut computer numerically controlled CNC software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
G-code Object or component oriented development software
 
GSupply Solutions ShopTrakker Project management software
 
JETCAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
KCDw Software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Kentech Kipware M CNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Kentech Kipware PLN Project management software
 
Kentech Kipware T CNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Kentech Kipware TP Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Kentech Kipware X CNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Kentech PROTALK Information retrieval or search software
 
Kentech Trig Kalculator Analytical or scientific software
 
MDSI OpenCNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
MUMPS M Development environment software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
PartMaker SwissCAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Pathtrace Systems EdgeCAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Predator DNC Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
SigmaTEK SigmaNEST Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
SmartCAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Surfware SURFCAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
TekSoft CAMWorks Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
UGS Solid Edge Computer aided design CAD software
 
Vero International VISI-Series Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Work inspection software Industrial control software
 
0-1 drop indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
2/3 axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
 
5 axis lathes Lathes
 
8 axis lathes Lathes
 
Anilam mills Milling cutters
 
Automatic measuring equipment Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Bench grinders Power grinders
 
Bore gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Bore mills Milling cutters
 
Borers Boring tools
 
Boring bars Boring tools
 
Buffers Power buffers
 
Comparators Comparators
 
Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes Lathes
 
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
 
Computerized numerical control CNC lathes Lathes
 
Computerized numerical control CNC operated laser cutting equipment Laser cutting tools
 
Computerized numerical control CNC routers Milling cutters
 
Computerized numerical control CNC tappers Tap machines or tapping machines
 
Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers Turning machines
 
Controllers Microcontrollers
 
Deburring tools Deburring equipment
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dial calipers Calipers
 
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Drilling machines Power drills
 
Gauges Height gauges
 
Go/no go test equipment Go or no go gauge
 
Grinders Grinders
 
Haas lathes Lathes
 
Hand clamps Hand clamps
 
Height gauges Height gauges
 
Horizontal machining tools Lathes
 
Jog mode operation joy sticks Game pads or joy sticks
 
Keyway broaches Broaching tools
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Lathes Lathes
 
Manual lathes Lathes
 
Manual mills Milling machines
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Milling machines Milling machines
 
Optical comparators Comparators
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pin gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Power sanders Power sanders
 
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
 
Reamers Reamers
 
Scribers Scribers
 
Slot micrometers Micrometers
 
Surface grinders Power grinders
 
Swiss screw machines Milling cutters
 
Swiss style lathes Lathes
 
Tapping machines Tap machines or tapping machines
 
Thread gauges Thread counters or gauges
 
Threading machines Threading machines
 
Turning centers Turning machines
 
Twin spindle lathes Lathes
 
Twist drills Twist drills
 
Vernier calipers Calipers
 
Vertical milling machines Milling machines
 
Vises Bench vises
 
Welding equipment Welding tools
 
Welding lenses Safety glasses
 
Welding shields Welding masks
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Automated Cutting Machine Operator
Automation Machine Operator
Brake Press Operator
CNC Machine Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Operator)
CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist)
CNC Operator (Computer Numeric Control Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist)
Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer)
Computer Numerical Control Set Up Technician (CNC Set Up Technician)
Computer Numerical Control Set-Up Operator (CNC Set-Up Operator)
Computer Numerically Controlled Shot Peening Operator
Coordinate Measuring Machine Programmer (CMM Programmer)
Jig Boring Machine Operator for Metal
Laser Beam Trim Operator
Machine Operator
Machinist
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Medical Numerical Control Operator
Metal CNC Operator
Mold Maker
Numerical Control Drill Press Operator
Numerical Control Jig Boring Machine Operator
Numerical Control Lathe Operator
Numerical Control Machine Operator
Numerical Control Machine Operator, Metal and Plastic
Numerical Control Machine Set-Up Operator
Numerical Control Machine Tool Operator
Numerical Control Milling Machine Operator
Numerical Control Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
Numerical Control Router Operator
Numerical Control Router Set-Up Operator
Plastic CNC Machine Operator
Printed Circuit Boards Numerical Control Drill Operator
Production Worker
Programer
Robotic Machine Operator
Shot Peening Operator
Welder
Welding Robot Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic
 
 
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