How to write a CNC Operator job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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CNC Operator job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of CNC Operator job titles

    CNC Operator
    Senior CNC Operator
    CNC Lathe Operator
    CNC Operator (Part-Time)
    CNC Machinist

CNC Operator job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a CNC Operator job summary

Our manufacturing company is looking for an experienced CNC Operator who can run a variety of CNC machines and help to enhance the productivity of our organization. The successful candidate will perform work quality checks and monitor machine output each hour and generate comprehensive reports for management. If you are a skilled CNC Operator with 2+ years’ experience working for a manufacturing business, we encourage you to submit an application for this position.

CNC Operator responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of CNC Operator responsibilities

    Translate the requirements of detailed part drawings into measurements for production
    Perform proper set-up and calibration procedures for all equipment and accessories to be used on projects
    Ensure that every machine procedure is done in accordance with the strict guidelines of the company
    Follow all company safety protocol
    Inspect the work area and machines that were used during the day prior to leaving at the end of each shift
    Attend and actively participate in training classes and safety sessions

CNC Operator qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of CNC Operator skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    2+ years’ experience using production machinery
    Extensive knowledge of machine maintenance and operation required
    Must possess strong basic math skills
    Proven history of working with gauges and calipers

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