Numerical Control Router Operator

Set up and operate numerical control router machines to rout parts.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Numerical Control Router Operators do?

Sets up and operates numerical control router machine to rout parts, such as individual printed circuit boards from printed circuit panels or metal workpieces from sheet metal stock: Reviews setup instructions and specifications. Loads control media into computer console or enters commands to retrieve programmed control data. Selects and installs specified cutting tools into machine spindle or magazine. Positions and secures materials onto indexing table of machine. Enters commands to activate machine that automatically aligns indexing table and panels or metal stock under tool spindle and routs or notches materials, according to programmed instructions. Monitors machine operation and display readouts to detect malfunction. Measures dimensions of finished parts to verify conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments. Notifies supervisor of machine malfunction or when parts do not conform to specifications. Cleans machine, using solvent, rag, and airhose. May perform maintenance and replace worn or damaged cutting tools, using handtools.

Should I be a Numerical Control Router Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Computer Numerical Control Laser Operator, Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Numerical Control Router Operator

    Most Numerical Control Router Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9fcaaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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