Process Control Programmer Job Description

The Process Control Programmer develops programs to control machining or processing of parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

Tasks for Process Control Programmer:

  • The Process Control Programmer determines the sequences of machines operations, and selects the proper cutting tools needed to machine work pieces into the desired shapes.
  • The Process Control Programmer revises programs and/or tapes to eliminate errors, and retests programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • The Process Control Programmer analyzes job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data in order to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
  • The Process Control Programmer determines references points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, curvatures.
  • The Process Control Programmer observes machines on trial runs or conducts computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
  • The Process Control Programmer compares encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
  • The Process Control Programmer enters coordinates of hole locations into program memories by depressing pedals or buttons of programmers.
  • The Process Control Programmer write programs in the language of a machine‚Äôs controller and store programs on media such as punch tapes, magnetic tapes, or disks.
  • The Process Control Programmer modifies existing programs to enhance efficiency.
  • The Process Control Programmer enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.

Knowledge Requirements for Process Control Programmer:

  • The Process Control Programmer must possess knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge in machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, models.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge in the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • The Process Control Programmer must have knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

The Process Control Programmer wears common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets in order to do their job functions. The Process Control Programmer uses computers and computer systems which include hardware and software to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. The Process Control Programmer observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources before starting their job functions. The Process Control Programmer uses control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes. The Process Control Programmer must provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. The Process Control Programmer must be able to identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

The Process Control Programmer must monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. The Process Control Programmer is responsible for processing information that includes compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. The Process Control Programmer is responsible to update and use relevant knowledge in order to perform the job function. This is a process of keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. The Process Control Programmer provides documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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