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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9162 Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers

Develop programs to control machining or processing of materials by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. May also set up, operate, or maintain equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 8012$31.68/hr$24.48/hr$27.48/hr$30.83/hr$34.84/hr$39.13/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services400$38.40/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$30.44/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$32.58/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$27.40/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$30.22/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$29.74/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$28.31/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$31.38/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$29.45/hr25.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 80$28.21/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$30.83/hr24.1%
Northwest Balance of State 90$27.77/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$27.78/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 190$30.26/hr26.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 950$32.87/hr27.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,070$32.87/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,440$32.52/hr25.5%

  • Align and secure pattern film on reference tables of optical programmers, and observe enlarger scope views of printed circuit boards.
  • Draw machine tool paths on pattern film according to guidelines for tool speed and efficiency, using colored markers.
  • Sort shop orders into groups to maximize materials utilization and minimize machine setup time.
  • Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
  • Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
  • Draw machine tool paths on pattern film according to guidelines for tool speed and efficiency, using colored markers.
  • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • Prepare geometric layouts from graphic displays, using computer-assisted drafting software or drafting instruments and graph paper.
  • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.