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Understanding Job Roles: CNC Machine Operator

A CNC machine operator is essentially an entry level CNC position. The main responsibility in this position is to load stock material and run parts on a CNC machine.

A typical day for a CNC machine operator would include unloading raw materials. Since this task is often the first step in the machining process it’s also important for this person to be dependable and punctual so that that workday can start quickly and efficiently.

The last main, daily task for a CNC machine operator is to start the machining centres. They need to know which buttons to engage with to both start and stop the machines. This is why we ask for our applicants to have experience setting up machining centers. In our shop, we have both vertical and horizontal machining centres which makes having knowledge of both crucial.

Secondary tasks of this position can often include supervising the machines as they are run & alerting senior staff to make adjustments as needed. Since this is an entry level position, many operators will have a supervisor or lead who they can report any problems to. This lead tends to be a set-up operator, programmer or all-around machinist and these individuals keep detailed records of the equipment and procedures, perform necessary maintenance & cleaning and troubleshoot problems.