CAREER

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$41,380

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10.1% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Do

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

Other Job Titles Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator), Lathe Operator, Lathe Set Up Person, Machine Operator, Numerical Control Operator (NC Operator), Screw Machine Operator, Screw Machine Tool Setter, Setup Operator, Turn Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
  • Replace worn tools, and sharpen dull cutting tools and dies, using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
  • Inspect sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
  • Start lathe or turning machines and observe operations to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Position, secure, and align cutting tools in toolholders on machines, using hand tools, and verify their positions with measuring instruments.

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