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Become A Laser Operator

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Working As A Laser Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $43,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Laser Operator Do At Polaris Industries

* Perform duties assigned by supervisor in department assigned.
* Use of essential tools including electric, manual and air tools.
* Use of essential measuring equipment including micrometers, calipers, etc.
* Safe operation of all machines/equipment essential in performing duties assigned.
* Accurately complete paperwork required for production records, including labor reporting, SPC charts, scrap tags, etc.
* Work in safe and healthy manner, strictly following all safety rules and regulations.
* Complete Laser Safety Training and pass Safety Assessment
* Maintain a neat, clean and orderly work area.
* Complete required company provided training.
* Participate in Lean Manufacturing initiatives.
* Perform special projects as assigned
* Utilize overhead crane/forklift – training will be provided
* Operators will be required to set-up lasers and maintain quality of parts being produced.
* Operators will be required to run secondary equipment to support processes.
* Operators must be able to work overtime with little to no notice to support the needs of the business

What Does A Laser Operator Do At Kelly Services

* With minimal supervision must be able to:
* Read, understand and follow standard work procedures including Kanban signals, FIFO lanes and shop orders.
* Meet or exceed posted production hourly rates
* Use PC to find and set proper markings
* Set-up and adjust equipment to produce parts that meet specifications
* Visually inspect product to verify accuracy of markings
* Meet expected output rates for products processed
* Identify and make appropriate corrections to maintain expected level of quality
* Perform routine adjustments to equipment and attend to minor maintenance needs to maintain or improve established process cycle times
* Maintain clean, uncluttered workplace; perform TPM and 5S as scheduled.
* Work cooperatively to improve processes within the department.
* Report to Supervisor / Group Leader status of the area daily (safety issues, maintenance issues, etc)
* Cross train in other areas to maintain and/or increase skills and assist with training others as needed.
* Understand concept of production boards and how to maintain them.
* Abide by all of Irwin Tools safety standards.
* All other duties as assigned
* Climate: Moderately loud environment where you would be required to walk or stand for extended periods of time.
* Mandatory overtime is a possibility

What Does A Laser Operator Do At PDS Tech Inc.

* Follow all safety and quality requirements/procedures.
* Responsible for the set up, and operation to machine specified dimensions on a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous product parts.
* Use holding devices, fixtures, angle plates, machine tools, vises, etc. to align, position, and secure part for machining.
* Work from part drawings, hand book formulas, machine tool manual, shop orders, instruction, method, and process sheet specifications.
* Process parts subject to first piece layout inspection approval, and spot check thereafter by inspection and supervision
* Operate another machine in close proximity to laser.
* Work with programmer to prove out new tapes completely and check out programs and tooling on new job.
* Troubleshoot and overcome difficulties encountered in tooling performing machining operations, and in setting up.
* Maintain tolerances per machine tool capability.
* Clean under cutting table.
* Scan bar code daily.
* Perform other related or similar duties as required, including cross-training on other CNC machines as needed.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected

What Does A Laser Operator Do At Cobham

* Set-up machines to process parts using existing programs; conduct trial runs and adjust program or refer to Master Laser Operator, as necessary
* Visually inspect incoming assemblies and identify non-compliant parts; process parts per process or procedures as designated on the traveler.
* Perform post-seal inspection or clean and inspect machined parts.
* Perform data entry as needed to track parts through department.
* Continuously monitor, load and unload vacuum bake ovens.
* Maintain workstation and tools.
* Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices.
* Improve and maintain 5S in your area; make suggestions for improvements.
* Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities in own work area as well as events for other areas to enhance cross-functional problem solving.
* Collaborate in team meetings and activities, including SET team support as appropriate
* Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
* DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Performs work low-complexity with multi integrated microwave assemblies

What Does A Laser Operator Do At Benjamin Steel Inc.

* 1. Create NC programs via drawing, importing 3D solid model and 2D dxf for quote estimation and orders.
* Create and edits tool paths and edits to be processed by the Fabri Gear 150.
* Perform simulations on programs to insure proper clearance of work piece/laser head. (no collision) 4.
* Generate nests (for same or dissimilar parts on same profile).
* Maintain customer processing records to include programs, product and service reports.
* Perform all necessary computer functions.
* Understand operations of Mazak Machinery/Trumpf/Ficep 8.
* Understanding of solid works

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How To Become A Laser Operator

A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.


Employers prefer metal and plastic machine workers who have a high school diploma. Prospective workers can improve their employment opportunities by completing high school courses in computer programming and vocational technology, and by gaining a working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics. Having a sturdy math background, including taking courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, is also useful.

Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines.


Machine operator trainees usually begin by watching and helping experienced workers on the job. Under supervision, they may start by supplying materials, starting and stopping the machines, or by removing finished products. Then they advance to more difficult tasks that operators perform, such as adjusting feed speeds, changing cutting tools, and inspecting a finished product for defects. Eventually, some develop the skills and experience to set up machines and help newer operators.

The complexity of the equipment usually determines the time required to become an operator. Some operators and tenders learn basic machine operations and functions in a few months, but other workers, such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, may need a year or more to become proficient.

Some employers prefer to hire workers who either have completed or are enrolled in a training program.

As the manufacturing process continues to utilize more computerized machinery, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can show competence and professionalism and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.


Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.

Experienced workers with good communication and analytical skills may move into supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Metal and plastic machine workers must often be able to use programmable devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Dexterity. Metal and plastic machine workers who work in metal and plastic machined goods manufacturing use precise hand movements to make the necessary shapes, cuts, and edges that designs require.

Mechanical skills. Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machinery. They must be comfortable working with machines and have a good understanding of how the machines and all their parts work.

Physical stamina. Metal and plastic machine workers must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitive work.

Physical strength. Metal and plastic machine workers must be strong enough to guide and load heavy and bulky parts and materials into machines.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Tagalog

  • Somali

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Thai

  • Croatian

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Top Laser Operator Skills

  1. Laser Department
  2. Laser Machine
  3. CNC Laser
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Started working in laser department, before departure, learned the IBM printers that the company just invested in.
  • Operate laser machines for processing artwork.
  • Operate 5-axis CNC laser machines for sheering sheet metal and complex hardware.
  • Make proper set-ups for cutting and welding operations.
  • Operate two 4000 watt 3-axis Trumpf laser cutting machines.

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