Operate computer-controlled tools, machines, or robots to machine or process parts, tools, or other work pieces made of metal, plastic, wood, stone, or other materials. Consumer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operators set up CNC machines and equipment. Unload raw materials, prepare test runs to ensure proper maintenance and calibration of equipment. Inspect and measure finished products to ensure they meet requirements.
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A Typical Day
Measure dimensions of finished work pieces to ensure conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments.
Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines.
Stop machines to remove finished work pieces or to change tooling, setup, or work piece placement.
Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules.
Check to ensure that work pieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
Completion of machining coursework or training
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Northwest Lower Michigan
North Central Michigan College - CNC Machinist Technology, Certificate of Development
Northwestern Michigan College: Machining I (MFG 113) Machining II (MFG 114) CNC Lathe (MFG 217)
Skilled Manufacturing, Inc.: Mechatronics Apprenticeship (Partnership with Baker College)
Full training within companies: Century, Inc. Tentcraft, Skilled Manufacturing, Inc.
Elsewhere in Michigan
Lots of great, affordable local options!!
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Try it before you buy it!
- Attend Manufacturing Day
- Take a shop class at your high school
- Apply for an Internship at Tentcraft
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Precision Machine Technology
Dual enroll at NMC - Machining I (MFG 113)
Dual enroll at NMC - Machining II (MFG 114)
NMC - Manufacturing Technology courses
NMC - Drafting & Design courses
NMC - AAS in Manufacturing
NMC Apprenticeship Pathway
In company training or apprenticeship
Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.
Sample Job Titles...
- CNC Machine Operator
- Machine Operator
- CNC Set-Up and Operator
- CNC Lathe Operator
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