If your business recently hired a new CNC operator, you likely have expectations and standards that you would like them to meet. However, we have summarized several important things to keep in mind when you begin training a new CNC operator.
Make Expectations Clear
When training a CNC operator, you should get specific with what tasks you expect that person to do. If you want them to do the right job, you must tell them what the right job is. You should also recruit other willing operators that yare currently employed to explain to the trainee what they do on a daily basis and allow them to ask questions. Getting a person that already does the job is a great way to get the new hire’s questions easily answered. When developing your training curriculum, look at what your current operators do in order to develop an accurate curriculum and let them have a role in it.
State Your Specifics
When providing a new CNC operator with their job description, you should make sure that you are being as specific as possible. You cannot assume that the new hire will understand your terminology without having the details of each statement. For instance, if you give them a task to do, make sure you list each specific step of the task and not just a generic overview. Although this will make the guidelines for the new CNC operator much longer, it will ensure that the new operator will understand each task and not have to stop frequently to clarify questions.
Point Out Personal Preferences
Although many companies have similar views and standards on what CNC operators might do or might need to do, such as safety, many of them also have unique expectations and you need to make sure your new hire is trained with those preferences in mind. For instance, if your company machines products that are extremely flammable, such as titanium, your new hire should be made aware of that from the beginning. If you use specific measuring devices, the new CNC operator should be informed about it so they can make a habit out of doing it from their start date.
Highlight Your Machines
Although CNC machines all perform similar tasks, many machines are slightly different and so are the cutting tools used for them. Make that your CNC operator trainees understand when you’re specific cutting tools are beginning to wear. Point out to them what they should keep an eye out for whether it is change in sound or appearance. Make sure you only highlight the CNC machines the operator will actually be working with to avoid any confusion. If you have machines that give you certain problems, make sure you include that in your training so they are aware before starting on the machine itself.
These several suggestions will help you to train your next CNC operator appropriately and to the standards of your company. For more CNC news and advice, visit CNC Masters blog.