Numerical Control Tool Programmers

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Numerical Control Tool Programmers

Numerical Control Tool Programmers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, numerical control tool programmers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. They spend most of their time working with machines.
  • 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.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous situations and equipment, such as high-speed machines.
  • Daily wear protective gear, such as safety glasses, face masks, or breathing equipment.
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  • Often are exposed to noise levels that are uncomfortable. However, they often wear ear plugs to protect their hearing.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could produce programs that create faulty items.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must let the work pace be determined by the speed of the machinery.
  • Are able to make most decisions and set their daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Work in a somewhat competitive atmosphere.


  • Usually work full time. Schedules are usually established.
  • May work overtime during peak periods of production.
  • May work evening and weekend shifts at factories that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.