Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator

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

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 8,550
Employment Projected: 10,310
Percentage Change: 20.6%


Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an Associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Brake Press Operator
  • Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist)
  • Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Set-Up and Operator (CNC Set-Up and Operator)
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Set-Up
  • Operator
  • Machinist


  • 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.


  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $26,730
Average: $37,640
Experienced: $43,090