Precision in execution
As technology has advanced and metal turners and millers now work on machines with numerical control, their job title has changed to CNC operator. They produce one-off parts or small series made of all kinds of metal using a production file and an industrial drawing, employing numerical control to manage one or more machines: lathes, drills, grinders and milling machines. Once manufacture has started, they inspect the parts produced, make adjustments and intervene in the process manually if necessary.
CNC operators are found in the workshops of many sectors of industry: mechanical, automotive and aeronautical construction, as well as tool making.
Skills required: precision and meticulousness – good spatial visualisation – thoroughness – a methodical approach – independence – good physical stamina