Computer Controller Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $14.76/hr
Median: $19.16/hr
Experienced: $23.26/hr

Current Employment
1,582 (2016)

Projected Employment
1,728 (2025)

Growth for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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

Industries Employing Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, 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 30419.2%9.6%
Machine Shops28217.8%15.2%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing1318.3%5.7%
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing543.4%12.9%
All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing513.2%2.6%

Occupational Tasks

  • 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.