CNC Operator Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A CNC Operator, or CNC Machinist, is in charge of operating the computer numerical control (CNC) machine. They produce machined parts according to established parameters and specifications. Some perform inspections of industrial machines and work areas. A CNC Operator also calibrates all machines to their proper operating levels.


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CNC Operator duties and responsibilities

A CNC Operator primarily carves and shapes plastics, metals and woods. A vital part of their job is ensuring the accuracy of their machinery. The CNC Operator is expected to perform duties and responsibilities that include:

  • Using the CNC machine 
  • Operating industrial machinery, which can include a hydraulic press, grinder, borer or overhead crane
  • Fitting the right tools to active machines
  • Performing proper set-up and calibration procedures for all equipment and accessories
  • Setting tolerance levels and cutting speeds
  • Translates the requirements of detailed part drawings into measurements for production
  • Inspecting workflows to ensure that technical and quality standards are met
  • Devising a work plan to efficiently carry out daily machining


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Cnc Operator

The purpose of the position is to help produce countertops by programming, setting up and operating a CNC machine by maintaining quality and safety standards, keeping records, maintaining equipment and supplies.

Major Duties:

  • Converting templates to digital files

  • Utilizing CAD/CAM software to prepare files for cutting

  • Downloading files to machinery

  • Setting up adjust and operate all the basic machine tools and many specified or advanced variation tools in order to perform precision machining operations.

  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tool, attachments, accessories and materials onto machines

  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process

  • Study engineering information in order to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate products, and determine product dimensions and tolerances

  • Implementation of cutting process

  • Calculating dimensions and tolerances and ensuring that machined parts conform to product specifications

  • Documents actions by completing production and quality logs

  • Observe and listen to operating machines or equipment in order to diagnose machine malfunctions and to determine need for adjustments or repairs

  • All other assigned duties

  • Position Goals and Objectives

    Study work order specifications, locations of surfaces and machining parameters

  • Interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances

  • Maintains specifications by observing including operations

  • Taking measurements

  • Detecting malfunctions

  • Troubleshooting processes

  • Adjusting and reprogramming controls

  • Adhering to quality assurance procedures and processes

  • Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations

  • Maintains equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements, follow manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, call for repairs

  • Maintains continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities and continuing needs.

  • Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

    High school, college education or training in vocational schools

    Well versed programmer with CAD/CAM experience

    Conversant with CNC operation and proficient in computer knowledge

    Related on-the-job experience, Stone industry preferred

  • Scope and depth of technical skills/knowledge:

  • Proficient use of PC and widely used software packages, [website] spreadsheets (Excel), word processing (MS Word) Outlook

  • Knowledge of all office equipment

  • CAD/Cam software

  • Scope and depth of non-technical skills/knowledge:

  • Active listening

  • Mathematic skills

  • Reading comprehension and writing

  • Critical Thinking

  • Time Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Troubleshooting

  • Attention to Detail

  • Quality Control Analysis

  • Commitment to accuracy and quality

  • Meets goals and Capable of handling multiple projects at the same time

    Job Type: $15.00 to $16.00 /hour

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    Cnc Operator

    Production/Warehouse Associate

    Zarges is a leading European manufacturer of transit cases with North American headquarters in Charlotte North Carolina [website] We are currently seeking a highly motivated, experienced production & warehouse associate. The position is highly varied, with responsibilities in: loading/unloading shipments, helping manage inventory in two local warehouses, operating CNC water jet machine, light manufacturing of cases. The successful candidate will be quality minded, detail oriented, and able to manage his/her time independently and effectively.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Shipping & Receiving

  • Light manufacturing & customization of Cases

  • Operate CNC water jet machine

  • Assist in managing inventory


  • CNC machining experience

  • Mechanical aptitude

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Highly organized & independent

  • Quality oriented

  • Team player

  • Location: Charlotte, NC

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $18.00 /hour


  • Warehouse: 1 year (Preferred)

  • CNC: 1 year (Required)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Other forms

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Typical start time:

  • 7AM

    Typical end time:

  • 4PM

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction

  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Aggressive -- competitive and growth-oriented

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply


  • Monday to No
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    Cnc Operator

    NOW Hiring self motivated individuals

    Entry Level CNC setup plasma/burn table operator

    Experience Preferred but not required

    Must be able to pass a drug test

    1st Shift

    "ON THE JOB Training" Come Apply

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $12.00 to $17.00 /hour


  • CNC Operator: 1 year (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement plan

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


  • Monday to Friday

  • 8 hour shift

  • 10 hour shift

    Company's website:

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  • What does a CNC Operator do?

    A CNC Operator uses the CNC machine to manufacture parts required in a company’s workflow. They follow diagrams or shape parts for custom fittings. A CNC Operator must ensure that machines produce parts that meet quality standards. 


    CNC Operator skills and qualifications

    A CNC Operator may work across various industries, including the manufacturing, aerospace and automotive sectors. The job is largely technical in nature.A successful CNC Operator candidate must will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:

    • Maths skills, including geometry and trigonometry
    • Mechanical engineering 
    • Production-machinery maintenance
    • Software programing via CAD and CAM programs
    • Metalworking and machine tooling
    • CNC machine programming
    • Application of ISO quality standards


    CNC Operator experience requirements

    A CNC Operator is a highly technical job position. Most employers want at least six months of work experience, while some prefer several years of experience, but it depends on the position and the company. Employers may prefer to hire a candidate who has previously worked in the same industry. A CNC Operator can expect to perform similar work across any industry however, the blueprints and part drawings will vary from one company to another.  In addition, CNC Operators transferring to another industry must be aware of all quality control standards. They must also comply with the industry’s safety guidelines.


    CNC Operator education and training requirements

    A CNC Operator must have training in a Level 1 Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations. A Level 1 Certificate in Engineering and Manufacturing and a Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. A CNC Operator needs a minimum of two General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) at grades 3 to 1 for a Level 1 course. This includes a minimum of two GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 for a Level 2 course. Employers also consider CNC Operators that have completed an apprenticeship program.


    CNC Operator salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a CNC Operator is £11.37 per hour. The starting salary of a successful candidate may vary depending on the candidate’s level of experience, the location of the job and the company.


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    CNC Operator job description FAQs


    What is the difference between a CNC Operator and CNC Machinist?

    CNC Operators and CNC Machinists generally have the same duties and responsibilities. However, a CNC Machinist usually possesses a higher level of training and expertise and may also perform other roles. These could include fixing mechanical issues in the machine and overseeing quality control. A CNC Machinist would also supervise the CNC Operator. 


    What qualities make a good CNC Operator?

    A good CNC Operator must have a keen eye for detail as the job involves producing parts that meet specifications. A good candidate must be goal driven and able to meet production targets in tight deadlines. A candidate must be able to show that they can work well with others and on their own.


    What should you look for in a CNC Operator CV?

    A CNC Operator candidate  should have a minimum of two years of experience. It helps if a candidate already has experience in the industry you operate in. You may also want to consider candidates who have already worked as a CNC Machinist before.  Candidates who have completed the necessary training can also be considered. 


    What makes a good CNC Operator job description?

    An ideal CNC Operator job description clearly outlines the duties and responsibilities required for the job. This gives the candidate a better idea of what to expect on the job on a daily basis. Also, state the education, experience and any specify software programs knowledge you require. 

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