A computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmer programs the machines that cut, shape, and finish materials such as metals, plastics, or wood into usable components. The CNC programmer must study the drawings and blueprints of the components that need to be manufactured and determine which machines will be required, what they will need to do, and the order in which the work needs to be done. Often, CNC programmer are also asked to estimate how long the job will take.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Tasks
Analyze blueprints and job orders before programming and compare results with original specifications.
Sequence automatic machine operations and select cutting tools.
Program, test, and revise machine programming.
Tooling and design of machining, including electric and sand core molds, mills, and lathes.