Electrical discharge machine (EDM) operators and programmers are typically responsible for performing G-Code programming to run wired EDM machines, as well as setting up and operating these units. These programmers work from blueprints and process sheets to determine the correct settings for units and also perform scheduled maintenance duties, including tool sharpening and machine cleaning.
EDM operators/programmers must have basic computer skills and file format manipulation experience, and the skills to run CAD, CAM, & Agie software applications are also helpful. They generally work with tool-makers and designers to establish proper manufacturing methods and also inspect finished work pieces to ensure compliance with accepted manufacturing tolerances. They should also be able to measure, mark, and scribe dimensions and reference points on work material for future production, as well as monitor machines during production runs to adjust machine controls and prevent errors. They usually have a personal set of tools to perform their duties and must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, as well as occasionally move 50 to 100 pounds with the assistance of another worker.
EDM operators and programmers must have good vision for this position, including peripheral vision and depth perception, and mathematical skills, communication skills, and the ability to read micrometers, gauges, and probes are also important. They must always be safety-conscious and familiar with all industry safety protocols and procedures, including standard environmental hazards, health, and conservation guidelines.
Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Operator and Programmer Tasks
Determine program requirements based on design and engineering requirements.
Operate precision machinery as needed.
Write or edit programs for precision machinery.
Ensure that precision machinery is in working condition and proprely calibrated.