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Numerical Control Machine Operator
Sets up and operates numerical control machine to cut, shape, or form metal work pieces to specifications. 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, using clamps, bolts, hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments, such as rule and calipers. Assembles cutting tools in tool holders and positions tool holders in machine spindles as specified, using hand tools, or inserts cutting tools in specified machine magazines. Loads control media, such as disk, tape, or punch card, in machine control console or enters commands to retrieve preprogrammed machine instructions from data base. Manipulates controls and enters commands to index cutting tool to specified T3set pointT1 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, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, dial indicators, and gauges. Notifies supervisor of discrepancies. May adjust machine feed and speed and change cutters to machine parts according to specifications when automatic programming is faulty or machine malfunctions. May machine materials other than metal, such as composites, plastic, and rubber.
Program NameProgram HoursSponsorRegionDistrict
0845Arthrex Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program INJ
8000Michael Koszewnik 7Collier
0845Tampa Bay Machining Apprenticeship GNJ
8000Richard McConnaughey 4Pinellas