Computer Numeric Control (CNC) turning operators create prototypes from technical designs using a computer controlled lathe that cuts to ultra-fine specifications. The produced parts are used everywhere in metal industries, such as automotive, tool and die, aviation, and even in the aerospace industries.
CNC turning operators need expert knowledge in turning and knowledge in CNC and NC programming, as well as dexterity, mechanical skills, physical stamina, and strength. Another necessary requirement are skills in setting up machines and plants. Trained operators will be familiar with many types of materials, ensuring the dimensions of the finished piece exactly match the design specifications.
Operators usually work in machine shops, tool rooms, or in the manufacturing industry as experts in the installation, maintenance, programming and operation of CNC machines. Growth in employment for CNC machinists is expected due to improvements in technology and the use of labour-saving machinery. Many firms adopt new technologies, such as CNC machine tools and robots to improve quality and lower production costs.