Laser Beam Machine Operator

Operate laser-beam machines to weld metal components.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Laser Beam Machine Operators do?

Operates laser-beam machine, which produces heat from concentrated light beam, to weld metal components: Pushes button to open safety enclosure at rear of laser cavity. Positions metal components in fixture and places components on fixture-holding table inside cavity. Pushes button to close safety enclosure. Aligns rear mirror of laser cavity, using micrometer screws, according to chart specifications. Types instructions, using teletype machine, to computer that automatically places fixture-holding table in operative position. Sights reference mark through microscope and turns controls to move fixture to welding position. Teletypes instructions to initiate weld cycle and to return fixture-holding table to unload position. Pushes button to open safety enclosure and removes fixtures containing welded components. Cleans optics, using brush, and replaces used flash tubes. May cut metal components, using laser-beam machine, and be designated Laser-Beam Cutter.

Should I be a Laser Beam Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Laser-Beam Cutter

    How to Become a
    Laser Beam Machine Operator

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