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NC/CNC Milling/Drilling Machine Operator

Industry: Manufacturing
Area: Operations

Sets up and operates single or multiple spindle computer numerical control or numerical control drilling/milling machines to perform such operations as drilling, reaming, boring, tapping, grooving, slotting, etc. Positions and secures tooling and holding devices, loads program tape and/or cards and makes specified control settings. Lays out and positions work, checks machine operation and then activates machine, observing progress of operation to determine malfunction. Changes set-ups and tools as specified in program instructions. Replaces dull or broken cutters, as required. Works from blueprints sketches, numerical control data, operation sheets, etc., and uses precision measuring instruments to check dimensional accuracy of work.

Work Settings

Manufacturing floor setting. The average workweek is 40 hours. Shift work and overtime is common. Many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day.


Requires technical training and 1-2 years job related experience

Job Outlook

See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ( for latest information


Average hourly earnings in CNY in 2005 were $15.33/hour.

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