Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
On the Job
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators set up and monitor machines. They lift material onto machines and adjust machines' settings. They work to reduce or prevent malfunctions.
This career requires good hearing and time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
- Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
- Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
- Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Install mechanical components in production equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working with a group or team.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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