CNC Machinist

What CNC Machinists Do:
CNC (computer numerical control) Machinists use machine tools to produce precision metal parts.

How to Become an CNC Machinist:
Employers often prefer skilled CNC Machinists or those with technical school training. Employers may prefer applicants who are certified. When filling apprenticeship positions, employers require applicants to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.

Job Outlook*:
Employment of CNC Machinists is expected to grow 7% from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.

Job Description:
CNC Machinists are responsible for fabricating custom parts for automated machinery including palletizing machines, packaging equipment, and conveyor systems. The CNC Machinist be able to go from ‘print to part’ and do their own set ups for one off custom parts, G-code program editing and light programming is a must. 

This is a Non-Exempt position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Reviews setup sheet and specifications to determine setup procedure, machining sequence, and dimensions of finished work piece.
Attaches fixture to machine bed and positions and secures work piece in fixture according to setup instructions.
Assembles cutting tools in tool holders and positions tool holders in machine spindles as specified or inserts cutting tools in specified machine magazines.
Loads control media by computer into machine control console or enters commands to retrieve preprogrammed machine instructions from database.
Manipulates controls and enters commands to index cutting tool to specified set point and to start machine.
Observes and listens to machine operation to detect malfunctions such as worn or damaged cutting tools.
Changes cutting tools and location of work-piece during machining process as specified in setup instructions.
Measures work-piece for conformance to specifications.
Notifies supervisor of discrepancies.
Sets up and operates another machine tool during controlled machining cycles.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be able to understand and follow instructions in English.
  • Must be able to understand and interpret blueprints and sketches.
  • Must have demonstrated mechanical ability.
  • Must have a minimum of two years experience as a CNC Operator

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will frequently use hands to handle, control or feel objects, tools or controls; Stand for long periods of time; and perform repetitive movements. The must also be able to, Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm; Use fingers or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects; Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls; Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place; See details of objects that are less than a few feet away; React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet; Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
The employee will be working in a shop environment with moderate noise levels. Safety glasses are required at all times. The employee may be subject to hazards such as proximity to moving parts, electrical current, or exposure to chemicals.

Last update was on: March 11, 2020 2:33 am

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