CNC Operator

Job Description
Lathe Operator
Summary:  The position entails monitoring and operating CNC (computer numerically controlled) lathe machines to cut metal and plastic parts for the manufacturing industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Set up and operate numerically controlled horizontal lathe to perform machining operations, such as turning, boring, facing, and threading parts, such as castings, forgings, and bar stock: Reads process sheets, blueprints, and sketches of part to determine machining to be done, dimensional specifications, set up, and operating requirements.
  • Mounts work piece between centers, in chuck, or to faceplate, manually or using hoist
  • Observes numerical displays on control panel and compares with data on process sheet to verify dimensional adjustments, feed rates, and speeds of machining cuts
  • Inspects first run piece and spot checks succeeding pieces for conformance to specifications, using micrometers and precision dial gauges.
    • Machine aluminum, brass, steel, stainless and possibly nonmetallic materials as well
Skill Requirements:
  • Mathematics – Using mathematics to solve problems
  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Judgement and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential action to choose the most appropriate one
  • Time Management – Managing one’s own time
  • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing
  • Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions
  • Active Learning – Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision -making
  • Monitoring – monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Equipment Selection – Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
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