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Manufacturing Technology: Machine Tool Operators (SOC CODE: 51-4011.00)

Job Description Overview

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Related Careers

  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
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  • Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
  • Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
  • Chemical Plant and System Operators
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

Sample Job Duties

  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
  • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
  • Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation.
  • Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
  • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
  • Enter commands or load control media, such as tapes, cards, or disks, into machine controllers to retrieve programmed instructions.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Manufacturing Technology: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0918

      The Associate in Science degree in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare students for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting.

      Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This degree covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.     

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
      MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
      MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      MFG 210Advanced CAD3
      MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
      MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
      MFG 260Intermediate CNC3
      Three (3) units of Work Experience3
      EDT 89
      Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
      Total Units37

      Manufacturing Website 

    • Manufacturing Technology: Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0918

      The Certificate in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare the student for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting. Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This certificate covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.  

      Required Courses

      MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
      MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
      MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      MFG 210Advanced CAD3
      MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
      MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
      MFG 260Intermediate CNC3
      Three (3) units of Work Experience3
      EDT 89
      Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
      Total Units37

      Manufacturing Website 

    • Manufacturing Foundation

      Technology and Health Division
      E0421

      This certificate provides a foundation of basic skills for employment in a variety of entry-level manufacturing positions.

      Required Courses

      MFG 140Shop Practices3
      MFG 150Manual Machining I3
      MFG 155Manual Machining II2
      MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      Total Units11


       

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