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Occupational Report for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (51-4011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Employment Outlook for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic There are 31 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
CNC Machinist II 9/22/14 Salem $17.50/hr to $20.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Automated CNC operator in Hillsboro, OR 9/21/14 Hillsboro
70009 031 Boring Machine Operator A 9/19/14 Portland
70009 031 Boring Machine Operator A 9/19/14 Portland
Boring Machine Operator A 9/19/14 Portland
ICS Manufacturing Specialist II/Machine Operator 9/19/14 Portland
Auto - Cad Designer - CNC Operator 9/18/14 Glide $11.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
CNC Operator 9/17/14 Springfield $14.00/hr
CNC Operator - 3rd Shift (ADVM) 9/11/14 Portland $18.50/hr to $19.17/hr DOE
CNC Machinist 9/10/14 Albany $10.00/hr to $19.00/hr DOE
Machine Operator 9/7/14 Beaverton
CNC Machine Operator 8/29/14 Woodburn $16.00/hr DOE
Machine Operator Trainee - OJT 8/28/14 Canby $12.00/hr
CNC Machinist 8/22/14 Canby DOE
Machinist II 8/21/14 Madras DOE
Machinist II - 14-085e 8/21/14 Milwaukie $14.84/hr to $20.03/hr DOE
CNC Plasma Operator 8/19/14 Astoria DOE, Neg.
CNC Machinist 8/19/14 Clackamas $16.50/hr
Semi Conductor Operator 8/14/14 Beaverton $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
CNC Machine Operator 8/12/14 Tigard $10.75/hr to $11.00/hr
Machine Operator Level 3, Stamping (ADVM) 8/12/14 Portland DOE
CNC Machinist 8/6/14 Salem $15.00/hr to $17.00/hr
CNC Laser Operator 7/25/14 Eugene $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
CNC Turret Punch Press Operator 7/22/14 Eugene $12.00/hr DOE
CNC Machinist 7/7/14 Junction City $16.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE, Neg.
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Job Openings from the Web for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 26 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
CNC Cell Leader - Ultrasonic Core Cutting - Lake Forest CA 9/20/14 Portland Consulting Services Intl
CNC Cell Leader - Ultrasonic Core Cutting - Lake Forest CA 9/19/14 Portland Manufacturing Services and Solutions Intl
Automated CNC operator in Hillsboro OR 9/18/14 Hillsboro Randstad
CNC Operator / Press Operator 9/18/14 Portland Leatherman
ICS Manufacturing Specialist II/Machine Operator 9/18/14 Portland Blount International Inc.
CNC Cell Leader - Ultrasonic Core Cutting Ecperience - Lake Forest CA 9/17/14 Portland Engineering and Software Services Intl
Machinist - Lathe Operator 9/16/14 Portland
MACHINE OPERATOR LEVEL 3 VALUE STREAM 1 9/16/14 Portland
Machine Operator Level 3 9/12/14 Portland Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
CNC Operator - 3rd Shift (ADVM) 9/11/14 Portland
CNC LATHE 9/10/14 Hillsboro Aerotek
SMT Operator 9/10/14 Bend
CNC Operator 3rd Shift 9/8/14 Portland PECO Manufacturing
Machinist / Machine Operator for Rotary and Screw Machine 9/8/14 Klamath Falls
CNC Operator 9/5/14 North Plains Randstad
CNC Operator 9/4/14 North Plains Randstad
CNC Machine Operator 9/2/14 Woodburn
CNC PUNCH OPERATOR 8/27/14 Milwaukie
Machinist II 8/21/14 Madras
CNC Operator 8/20/14 Clackamas
CNC PLASMA OPERATOR 8/19/14 Astoria
Machine Operator Level 3 8/15/14 Maywood Park Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
CNC Press Brake (ADVM) 8/12/14 Hillsboro
Boring Machine Operator A 7/23/14 Portland The Boeing Company
CNC Operator/Press Operator 7/12/14 Portland
State of Oregon License Information for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $11.59 $14.23 $18.44 $22.79 $27.82 $19.10 $39,718
Multnomah / Washington 11.34 13.66 17.99 23.10 28.87 19.20 39,928
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 12.39 16.16 20.18 24.33 27.58 19.88 41,352
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 9.67 12.04 15.70 20.79 23.29 16.48 34,261
Lane 12.98 15.83 18.83 22.04 24.50 18.87 39,247
Jackson / Josephine 11.86 15.27 17.33 19.96 22.15 17.22 35,821
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 11.64 14.89 19.79 22.64 25.60 18.92 39,347
Clackamas 12.45 15.86 20.02 23.85 28.22 20.06 41,742
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,019 2,706 687 34.0% 69 56 125
Multnomah / Washington 1,054 1,397 343 32.5% 34 30 64
Clackamas 309 419 110 35.6% 11 9 20
Lane 217 298 81 37.3% 8 6 14
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 161 207 46 28.6% 5 4 9
Jackson / Josephine 106 141 35 33.0% 4 3 7
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 93 129 36 38.7% 4 3 7
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 38 51 13 34.2% 1 1 2
Coos / Curry 22 27 5 22.7% 0 1 1
Klamath / Lake 17 22 5 29.4% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 14 19 5 35.7% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 12 15 3 25.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 10 13 3 30.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 8 10 2 25.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 6 8 2 33.3% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 3 1 50.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,019
Total All Industries Private 2,019
Manufacturing Private 1,891
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 66
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 65
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing Private 23
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing Private 23
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 94
Foundries Private 87
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 788
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 94
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 86
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing Private 17
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 433
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities Private 18
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 118
Machinery Manufacturing Private 334
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 54
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 63
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing Private 80
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing Private 58
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 58
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 211
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 83
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 119
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 52
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing Private 50
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 159
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 34
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 93
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 17
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 144
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing Private 59
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 85
Wholesale Trade Private 106
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 88
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers Private 80
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods Private 18
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers Private 18
Educational Requirements for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • Analyze Tasks Needed To Complete Manufactured Products
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Configure Computers In Industrial Or Manufacturing Setting
  • Coordinate Production Materials And Processes
  • Estimate Materials For Production And Manufacturing
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Install Computers In Industrial Or Manufacturing Setting
  • Lay Out Machining Projects
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Maintain Plastic Fabricating Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Monitor Computerized Or Robotic Equipment
  • Operate Buff And Polishing Machine
  • Operate Cnc Machines
  • Operate Grinding Machines
  • Operate Lathes
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Shaping And Forming Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Program Cnc Machines
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Plastics
  • Repair Plastics Manufacturing Equipment
  • Set Up And Operate Milling Or Planing Machines
  • Set Up Cnc Machines
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Sustain Output Levels Of Assembled Items
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Mastercam Software
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Metric System
Schools and Training Providers for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Linn-Benton Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Tillamook Bay Community College