• Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
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    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Computer-controlled machine tool operators set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.

What do they typically do

  • Follow required guidelines for removing finished products and for changing tooling, setup, or workpiece placement
  • Set up machines according to blueprints
  • Remove and replace dull cutting tools
  • Use hand tools and precision measuring instruments to mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines
  • Check to make sure workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled when machine operates
  • Use precision measuring tools to make sure workpieces conform to specifications
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links
  • Operate and take apart manual, automatic, and computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machine tools

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.6%
Job Opening 384

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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