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CNC Operator

Education

high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed

Median Income

$29,110

What They Do

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment. 

  • Set up, program, operate, or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.
  • Examine finished workpieces for smoothness, shape, angle, depth-of-cut, or conformity to specifications and verify dimensions, visually and using hands, rules, calipers, templates, or gauges.
  • Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.

Skills Needed

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities Needed

  • Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

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