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Weighing Era's Provides: The Execs and Cons of a CNC Process

Are you good with computers and looking for a job? Well then, consider being a CNC machine operator. It’s usually easy, full-time and the name isn’t intimidating, right?

If you think that being a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operator may be a bit out of your reach, think again. You don’t have to be a math wizard or a programming genius to get that position. But don’t jump in just yet! There are a few things that you have to know (and consider! ) before applying for the job.

The first thing that you have to understand is the abbreviation CNC. According to an online encyclopedia, CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, and refers specifically to a computer “controller” that reads G-code instructions and drives a machine tool, a powered mechanical device typically used to fabricate components by the selective removal of material. CNC does numerically directed interpolation of a cutting tool in the work envelope of a machine. The operating parameters of the CNC can be altered via a software load program.

THE PROS

The good thing about being in this job is that the workload is actually light. Operators even complain of boredom because the cycles of CNC machines are all automated. All they have to do is initiate the sequence, sit back, watch for malfunctions, adjust the performance of each machine, and turn them off. If your boss is kind enough to let you use an MP3 player while working, then you sure are lucky.

Another good thing about this job is that job openings for this position will always rise. Technology is moving forward. CNC machining will certainly lead the demand because in CNC, a group of machines can be controlled at the same time. That is exactly what big-time companies want, right? To reduced manual overseeing and just leave it to the machines.

Advantage in this job arena is easy too. Statistics show that you will need only a high school diploma and (more importantly) an experience in CNC operations to gain an edge.

THE CONS

The thing is, when you’re in this line of work, it is repetitive. One gets bored after doing the same mechanical thing over and over again. As time withers, you will reach a point where you will breathlessly wait for the next paycheck and not actually care about the job. It’s emotionally exhausting. Furthermore, programming and operating these machines can be tedious. So, add that up to boredom and you get disproductivity.

Another thing that you should think about is the work environment. You’re going to be working in a factory. And factories are located away from town. If you’re not comfortable with being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this might not be for you.

It can get pretty dangerous. Reports show that although most CNC operators work in a well-lit and smoothly ventilated environment, the high-power machinery poses dangers for them in the form of flying particles of metal and plastic. Also, though most modern machines produce less noise, ear plugs are still recommended by experts.

Lastly, this may not sound like a biggie, but most CNC operators are on their feet all day. They can only sit when the programs are being loaded into the computer. It’s pretty comforting that they receive salaries waaaay bigger than those salesladies.

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