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CNC Machining Center Production Technician Program

CNC Machining Center Production Technician Program

The CNC Machining Center Production Technician Program is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to become an entry-level CNC Machine operator. CNC stands for "computer numerical controlled" machines. A CNC Machining Center Production Technician operates some of the manufacturing industry’s most advanced machines and robots to transform raw materials into high quality parts. These skilled technicians stand on the front lines of manufacturing. They play an important role in ensuring that machines continue to properly function and produce pieces that meet specifications required for the manufacturing process.

Imagine controlling every dial, lever and command on a large manufacturing machine. If this sounds interesting to you, then you may enjoy the work of a CNC Machining Center Production Technician. These logical mechanics operate and calculate speeds for advanced machines that churn out durable parts used in vital products and goods. A CNC machining center production technician role might be right for you if you are a detail-oriented person who enjoys problem solving and a hands-on work environment.


What is a CNC Operator and what does their work entail?

CNC machines enable manufactures to consistently produce high-quality parts. A CNC Machine Operator sets up, runs and monitors CNC equipment to precisely manufacture parts and tools from metal, plastic, and other raw materials. High levels of concentration, commitment to getting things right and attention to detail are essential for someone in this role.

Tasks and work activities for CNC Operators may include

  • Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
  • Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls when automatic programming is faulty or if machines malfunction.
  • Calculate machine speed and feed ratios and the size and position of cuts.
  • Examine electronic components for defects or completeness of laser-beam trimming using microscopes.
  • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.

CNC Operators may be found in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical equipment
  • Marine
  • Medical devices
  • Military

Information on this page updated from O-net job code: 51-4011.00 on 12/14/16

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