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CNC - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, numerical control machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They spend time working with machines but also talk to coworkers.
  • Communicate with others mostly through face-to-face discussions.
  • Are responsible for the work done by other operators.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. Some work places may not have air conditioning.
  • Often are exposed to noise levels that are uncomfortable. However, they often wear ear plugs to protect their hearing.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous situations and equipment, such as high-speed machines.
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  • Daily wear protective gear, such as safety glasses, face masks, or breathing equipment.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in performing their job and be sure everything is done. Errors could cause a production delay and could cost the company money.
  • Work according to the pace that is set by the speed of the machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
  • Usually seek input from supervisors and programmers before making decisions and setting daily tasks and goals.
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  • Work in a somewhat stressful environment where daily deadlines must be met.


  • Work 40 hours per week. Schedules are usually established.
  • May work nights and weekends.
  • May work on a rotating schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.