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High-end Earners in
North Carolina ( Top 10% )
median annual wage
median hourly wage
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  • What do they typically do:
  • Develop plans or layouts utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work with architects or engineers to create accurate design for products
  • Include precise details such as the dimensions and materials
  • Communicate with the company about codes, standards and specifications
  • Conduct product design, development and testing
  • Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to make sure that programs and machinery will work properly
  • Decide about the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools for machining workpieces into desired shapes
  • Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine's controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes
  • Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures
  • Write programs in the language of a machine's controller and store programs on media
  • Design data to make proper calculations after analyzing job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, and printed circuit board pattern films
  • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to make sure instructions are accurate
  • Revise programs or tapes to get rid of errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved
North Carolina Job Outlook
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Average annual job openings
Number of jobs by 2028
Expected growth from 2023 to 2028