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51-4035.00 - Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

Sample of reported job titles: CNC Inspector (Computer Numerical Control Inspector), CNC Lathe Operator (Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator), CNC Machine Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Machine Operator), CNC Machinist (Computerized Numerical Control Machinist), CNC Mill Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Mill Operator), CNC Mill Set Up Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Mill Set Up Operator), CNC Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Operator), CNC Programmer (Computerized Numerical Control Programmer), Machine Operator, Mill Operator

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Remove workpieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe milling or planing machine operation and adjust controls to ensure conformance with specified tolerances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study blueprints, layouts, sketches, or work orders to assess workpiece specifications and to determine tooling instructions, tools and materials needed, and sequences of operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move controls to set cutting specifications, to position cutting tools and workpieces in relation to each other, and to start machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute dimensions, tolerances, and angles of workpieces or machines, according to specifications and knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify alignment of workpieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select cutting speeds, feed rates, and depths of cuts, applying knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move cutters or material manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill workpieces to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace worn tools, using hand tools, and sharpen dull tools, using bench grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and install cutting tools and other accessories according to specifications, using hand tools or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record production output. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valves or pull levers to start and regulate the flow of coolant or lubricant to work areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make templates or cutting tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mount attachments and tools such as pantographs, engravers, or routers to perform other operations such as drilling or boring. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Allen wrench — Allen wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench grinder — Industrial bench grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Digital bench scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks — Soft jaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Collets — Collet chucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Mechanical comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Layout compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Machine deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Coaxial indicators; Drop indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders — Hand grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand lapper — Lapping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Digital height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal boring machine — Boring bars; Horizontal boring mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal polishing machine — Polishing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Inside digital ID micrometers; Outside digital OD micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling vise — Precision milling vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pin gauge — Pin gauge sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planer style milling machine — Metal planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radius gauge — Fillet gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sawing and cut-off machine — Metal cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Setting jig — Setting jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches — Adjustable spanner wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Metal shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tool holders — Automatic tool changers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tool template sets — Center finders; Electronic edge finders; Mechanical edge finders; Tool probes (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turret lathe — Turret lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turret milling machine — Vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Unit cooler — Coolant chillers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Universal milling machine — Computer numerical control CNC milling machines; Horizontal milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical machining centers VMC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Wire cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Kentech Kipware TB See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD and computer aided manufacturing CAM system — Edgecam software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Siemens Solid Edge; SmartCAM software; Vero Alphacam software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Mastercam software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — EditCNC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — G code; M code See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine production equipment settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 93% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 75% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 83% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 17% responded “Contact with others about half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 28% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 24% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 37% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 23% responded “Serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 74% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 39% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 36% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Very little freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


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Education Level Required
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Not available Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $17.84 hourly, $37,100 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 23,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,500
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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