Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.99/hr
Median: $19.91/hr
Experienced: $23.91/hr

Current Employment
1,523 (2017)

Projected Employment
1,651 (2028)

Growth for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (51-4011)

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 32521.3%10.1%
Machine Shops28318.5%13.8%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing1218%4.8%
Machine Tool Manufacturing422.7%10.1%
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing382.5%3.2%

Occupational Tasks

  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
  • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.