Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists are responsible for operating machine tools to create metallic pieces. They set up industrial machinery and oversee its functioning. CNC machinists must be able to interpret and use blueprints for specific piece design, as well as calibrate equipment to follow product specifications. They also follow strict company and industry safety regulations, as well as a tightly controlled sequence of functions.
CNC machinists must be able to communicate effectively with other machinists and supervisors, as well as attend regular training sessions for updates on equipment use. They must be self-sufficient and work well with minimal supervision, and they must be able to detect and correct program errors in a timely fashion. CNC machinists must have experience calibrating calipers and micrometers.
CNC machinists often work in a production plant setting. Some of their main tools include industrial tools such as pliers, wrenches, and screwdrivers for maintaining and repairing their machine equipment. They report their progress to the production supervisor in their department.
This position requires a high school certificate as a minimum. In addition, years of experience in a similar production environment can be helpful. Aditionally, these machinists are required to lift more than 30 pounds on a regular basis and must follow strict uniform rules that include steel-toe boots, and safety glasses. CNC machinists often must stand for several hours at a time while performing their main job functions.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tasks
- Retest and rewrite CNC programs to ensure proper functioning.
- Determine the sequence of machine operations and develop programs that run the machine tools.