DAYTON REGIONAL WORKFORCE PORTAL

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $21.62/hr
Median: $25.86/hr
Experienced: $30.59/hr

Current Employment
228 (2016)

Projected Employment
257 (2025)

Growth for Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)
2252573214.2%

Industries Employing Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 5725.1%1.8%
Machine Shops4921.5%2.6%
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing<103.7%1.9%
Machine Tool Manufacturing<103.3%1.7%
Industrial Mold Manufacturing<102.7%1.7%

Occupational Tasks

  • Write programs in the language of a machine’s controller and store programs on media such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
  • Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
  • Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine’s controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.

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