Training start: 01.09.2023

Cutting machine operator

01.09.2023 / Training

Occupational definition

As a cutting machine operator, you produce precision components from various materials using the machining processes of turning and milling. You work with computer-controlled machine tools and production systems. You also program machining processes, which you control and monitor.


  • At least secondary school leaving certificate
  • Interest in mathematics, physics and technology
  • Independent action
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Ability to work in a team

Training info

  • Training duration 3.5 years
  • Block teaching
  • Vocational college of the Olpe district in Attendorn

Type. Working areas

  • Lathe systems
  • Milling machine systems

Main topics

  • Order-related selection of manufacturing systems
  • Planning of manufacturing processes; creation, optimization and setup of programs
  • Use of data sheets, descriptions and operating instructions, also in English language
  • Setting up the workplace and organising work processes
  • Manufacture of components using mechanical machining processes
  • Application of quality management systems
  • Documentation and evaluation of work and test results as well as derivation of measures for production and product optimisation
  • Monitoring and testing of safety equipment, maintenance and inspection of production systems
  • Instruction in the operation of production systems
  • Coordination of activities with upstream and downstream areas; observance of customer requirements

Further education

  • Industrial foreman (m/f) metal
  • Master precision mechanic
  • State-certified technician, specialising in mechanical engineering
  • Study