Programming Techs design, develop, or modify computer programs to communicate with automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems, such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. They direct or assist other machinists, technicians, and assemblers in the set-up and operation of complex computer-controlled machines and robots.
Programming techs combine the knowledge of machining and computers to create the parts and pieces necessary to build products in a wide range of industries from household items to space shuttles.
Typical Education/Training: Associate’s Degree
Work Experience: 8+ years
Wage Range: $15 - $32/hour
Knowledge & Skills:
- Reading Technical Drawings and Prints
- Mathematics, Physics, and Measuring
- Design and Drafting Programs (CAD/CAM)
- Operational Sequences and Monitoring
- Revising and Retesting Programs
- Manufacturing Processes and Systems
Similar Roles/Titles: Machine Tool Programmer, CNC Programmer, Integrated Machinist Programmer, CAD/CAM Programmer, Machining Manager, Tech, Technician, CNC/Robotic Welder Support Tech, Lead Mahinist, Maintenance Rep
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