Fluid Jet Cutter Operator

Set up and operate high-speed water jet cutters to cut and trim parts.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fluid Jet Cutter Operators do?

Sets up and operates high-speed water jet cutter to cut and trim parts and materials from assorted materials according to specifications: Reads work order, blueprints, and specifications to determine machine setup, type of material or part, quantity, and finish dimensions. Measures and marks cutting and trimming lines on material or part, using measuring instruments, scriber, or marking pen, or mounts material or part in cutting or trimming fixture. Installs and aligns machine accessories, such as cutting tips, work positioner, plates, fixtures, and shields, using handtools and measuring instruments, or enters coordinate information into computer control panel, using teach pendant. Manipulates machine controls, such as buttons, switches, dials, levers, and pedals, to regulate and adjust cutting speed and flow of fluid. Cuts and trims parts by manually moving part or material under stream of fluid along cutting lines, controlling movement of part secured in fixture or on work positioner, or entering commands to retrieve and start preprogrammed cutting or trimming instructions to cut materials mounted on machine bed. Observes displays, cutting or trimming process, and listens to sound of machines to detect malfunctions. Replaces worn or damaged machine parts, such as nozzles, tips, and washers. Measures dimensions of finished part, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, calipers, and dial indicators, or check fixture. Cleans machines and work area. May scoop or pour abrasive particles into hopper of machine. May trim, sand, and drill parts, using shop equipment. May operate automated cutter and be designated Abrasive Water Jet Cutter Operator; or operate manual cutter and be designated Water Router Operator.

Should I be a Fluid Jet Cutter Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Abrasive Water Jet Cutter Operator

    How to Become a
    Fluid Jet Cutter Operator

    Most Fluid Jet Cutter Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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