Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, CNC Machinist, CNC Lathe Operator, CNC Machine Operator, CNC Mill Operator, CNC Set Up Technician, CNC Set-Up Operator
Average Salary: Entry level--$28,430 Experienced--$41,060
Education/Training Required: Most positions require an Associate's Degree
Jobs Available: 51-110
Energy Industries: Gas, Transmission & Distribution, Wind
A computer numerical control (CNC) operator produces machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating the CNC machine according to defined specifications of customers. Brian Robertson is a CNC Machine Operator for Ellwood City Forge, a maker of open-die forgings for a range of industries including oil and gas, power generation, shipbuilding and aerospace. He began in inventory control management and worked his way up to his current position. “I've always been good at figuring things out in my head and with DIY projects. Now, after gaining experience here, I consider myself a surrogate sculptor. The customer provides a basic blueprint and a vision and we program and operate the machine to produce that. It feels good to be part of something much larger.” In Brian's case, that something larger is often the crankshaft of a cruise ship or seal-off valves for an oil rig.
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“In southwestern PA, I can be on the cutting edge of digital media during the week, and casting my fly rod or rock climbing on the weekends. It’s the best of both worlds.”