Develops programs to control machining or processing of parts by automatic machine tools, equipment or systems.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Determines the sequence of machine operations, and selects the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
- Revises programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retests programs to check that problems have been solved.
- Analyzes job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
- Determines reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and computes angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
- Observes machines on trial runs or conducts computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
- Compares encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
- Enters coordinates of hole locations into program memories by depressing pedals or buttons of programmers.
- Writes programs in the language of a machine's controller and stores programs on media such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
- Modifies existing programs to enhance efficiency.
- Enters computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
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