Career Guide  
CNC Machine Operator
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Skill Requirements

Intellectual - basic

  • Follow strict safety guidelines

Intellectual - specialized

  • Knowledge of blueprints and NC programming.
  • Mechanical aptitude


  • Able to communicate with other workers


  • Stamina. Operators are on their feet much of the day and perform moderately heavy lifting.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Able to work overtime during peak manufacturing periods.

Skill Maintenance Requirement

  • Moderate.

Experience Prerequisites

It is possible to start out as a Helper with no previous experience.


Education/Training Required

A high school diploma, shop math, geometry, and the ability to read blueprints are all required. Furthermore, vocational training including math, physics, or machine shop training is desirable, and a Certificate is desirable.

The next section in this career guide ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs available for this occupation.

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