What Is A CNC Programmer?

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What Is A CNC Programmer?

How to Improve The Surface Quality of the CNC Processing Products

CNC machines are incredibly complex, which requires skilled professionals to work on them. CNC programmer works to create program instructions for computers to control a machine tool and works with machinery which cuts raw materials into functional items. They are responsible for interpreting project blueprints, designing programs, and setting up machines to produce the products in the program. They should perform test runs and make adjustments until the result is perfect. CNC Programmers also should have the ability to manage tools, maintain machines, and train operators’ operating skills.

Responsibilities for CNC Programmer

  1. Read technical drawings and set up the machines in accordance with these blueprints
  2. Use computer software to model cutting paths and program machines accordingly
  3. Choose processing tools according to different processing materials and determine processing parameters
  4. Complete the corresponding processing work according to the mechanical processing drawings and have the ability to analyze and solve problems
  5. Adjust machine cutting paths or settings to optimize production while maintaining quality
  6. Perform basic machine maintenance such as cleaning and sharpening
  7. Responsible for processing quality, processing efficiency, and cost control in the entire CNC manufacturing process
  8. Supervise the working environment of the CNC workshop, manage tools, maintain machines, and train operators’ operating skills

Qualifications for CNC Programmer

  1. Must have CNC processing experience
  2. Must have strong attention to detail, be hard-working and responsible for work
  3. Be familiar with interpreting technical drawings and blueprints
  4. Master the processing characteristics, processing process and processing accuracy of the product
  5. Can work independently and closely follow directions
  6. Should have a positive and professional attitude
  7. Available to work weekends and overtime
  8. Can be standing for extended periods of time
  9. Know the measurement principle and accuracy of various measuring tools, can use the measuring tools correctly


Author: Mose Li

Author: Mose Li

Director of Project Engineering at 3Q Machining

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