Fact check: What exactly does a cutting machine operator do?
Want to cut a good figure as a cutting machine operator? Or turn your ideas into workable solutions? Then Melitta is the right place for you. The family business in Minden is always on the look-out for bright minds to help manufacture its products for the grocery and specialist store trade.
But what exactly does a cutting machine operator do? And what are the career prospects for cutting machine operators in the future? Our detailed look at the job profile and tasks of a cutting machine operator aims to shed some light...
An exciting role: the job of cutting machine operator.
Spatial awareness, technical understanding – and plenty of patience: the work of a cutting machine operator is not only challenging, but also offers a variety of interesting career and promotion opportunities in industry and the craft professions.
The advent of digitalization in the workplace has profoundly changed the job profile of the cutting machine operator over the past decade. Whereas “joiners, turners, and millers” – as cutting machine operators used to be called – mainly required physical strength and perseverance in the years up to the early 2000s, today their specialist expertise is in demand.
And rightly so: computerized numerical control manufacturing (CNC) – the electronic process of controlling machine tools – has long been established throughout the Melitta Group due to its high dimensional accuracy in the production of precision metal or plastic parts. This has significantly raised the job requirements.
Anything but routine: the task of the cutting machine operator
Apart from the manual processing of metal workpieces, the daily routine of the cutting machine operator involves the operating, programming and servicing of complex, computer-controlled CNC machines:
- Turning, milling and grinding
- Building individual components
- Joining together sub-assemblies
- Checking the quality of all components
- Configuring CNC machines
- Monitoring machine runs
A practical example: at the operating division Melitta Coffee Preparation, cutting machine operators work on conventional and CNC-controlled turning, milling and grinding machines.
They produce and overhaul the tools used in the paper conversion process – and thus play a significant role in ensuring that millions of households can enjoy their morning cup of coffee. Using filter papers of consistently high quality.