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Operation Next can prepare you for some of the most in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Computer numeric control (CNC)
CNC operators perform on computer-controlled machines or robots to produce or modify machined parts.
13,600 CNC job openings projected annually nationwide through 2028.
146,000 People working as CNC Operators in the US.
CNC Operators can make up to $60,000 a year.
- Work with computer numeric controlled (CNC) heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials.
- Translate the requirements of detailed part drawings into measurements for production.
- Perform proper set-up and calibration procedures for all equipment and make sure machines are well-maintained.
- Adjust the machine to control speed, material feed and path of the cut, as well as make sure the machines are set up properly, working well, and producing quality product.
- Inspect the finished product to ensure it is both manufactured to defined design geometry and tolerances and is defect-free and ready for the next step in production.
Industrial Technology Maintenance
Industrial technology maintenance mechanics keep machines in working order by detecting and correcting errors before the machine or its products are damaged.
37,800 ITM job openings projected annually nationwide through 2028.
381,500 People working as Industrial Maintenance Mechanics in the US.
Industrial Maintenance Mechanics can make up to $78,000 a year.
- Read technical manuals to understand equipment and controls.
- Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem.
- Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components.
- Perform tests and run initial batches to make sure that the machine is running smoothly.
- Move machinery and equipment.
- Detect minor problems by performing basic diagnostic tests.
- Test malfunctioning machinery to determine whether major repairs are needed.
- Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications.
- Clean and lubricate equipment or machinery.
Robotics Technicians build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.
1,300 job openings projected annually nationwide through 2029.
14,290 people working as Robotics technicians in the US.
Robotics technicians can make up to $93,000 a year
- Inspect installation sites.
- Install new robotic systems in stationary positions or on tracks.
- Modify computer-controlled robot movements.
- Make repairs to robots or peripheral equipment.
- Build or assemble robotic devices or systems.
- Maintain inventories of production supplies such as sensors and cables.
- Develop robotic path motions to maximize efficiency, safety, and quality.
Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
48,800 welding job openings are projected annually nationwide through 2028.
424,700 People working as welders across the country in 2018.
Welders can make up to $63,000 a year.
- Use hand-held metal joining tools to permanently join parts, as well as fill holes, seams, and indentations.
- Understand blueprints and calculate dimensions.
- Inspect materials and structures for quality of welds.
- Keep their machinery and welding equipment in excellent working condition.
- Understand metallurgy, some specialized math like trigonometry and some basic engineering.