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COMPUTER NUMERICALLY CONTROLLED MACHINE TOOL PROGRAMMERS, METAL AND PLASTIC
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Perform preventative maintenance or minor repairs on machines.
  • Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
  • Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
  • Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
  • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making..
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $68,854.00 $33.10 $21.60 $24.81 - $40.88
Bridgeport/Stamford $76,387.00 $36.72 $22.46 $26.28 - $48.14
Danbury $76,254.00 $36.66 $26.77 $30.59 - $44.43
Hartford $73,910.00 $35.53 $24.53 $27.63 - $43.39
New Haven $65,251.00 $31.37 $23.27 $27.13 - $36.04
Waterbury $56,899.00 $27.36 $19.39 $20.67 - $30.06
Torrington $80,676.00 $38.78 $30.27 $32.88 - $46.28
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 760 1,010 2.9% 111
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, but the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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