DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Occupational Description: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.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 10 - Southeast||30||4||$19.64/hr||$1.61/hr||$12.69/hr||$15.43/hr||$19.72/hr||$23.96/hr||$27.44/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Tool and Die Makers||250||$21.09/hr||N/A|
|Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||190||$20.84/hr||N/A|
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||160||$16.80/hr||N/A|
|Sheet Metal Workers||140||$25.26/hr||N/A|
|Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, & Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, &Tenders, Metal & Plastic||120||$14.86/hr||N/A|
|Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||30||$17.07/hr||N/A|
|Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders||10||$18.83/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Installs holding fixtures, cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movement, using hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments.
- Moves toolholder manually or by turning handwheel, or engages automatic feeding mechanism, to feed tools to and along workpiece.
- Selects cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics, or written specifications.
- Positions, secures, and aligns cutting tools in toolholders on machine, using hand tools, and verifies their position with measuring instruments.
- Observes operation and stops machine to inspect finished workpiece and verify conformance with specifications of first-run, using measuring instruments.
- Mounts attachments, such as relieving or tracing attachments, to perform operations, such as duplicating contours of template or trimming workpiece.
- Studies blueprint, layout, or chart, to visualize work and determine materials needed, sequence of operations, dimensions, and tooling instructions.
- Computes unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
- Lifts metal stock or workpiece manually or using hoist, and positions and secures it in machine, using fasteners and hand tools.
- Replaces worn tools and sharpens dull cutting tools and dies.
- Moves controls to set cutting speeds and depths, and feed rates and to position tool in relation to workplace.
- Cranks machine through cycle, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls, to ensure specified timing, clearance, and tolerances.
- Starts machine, and turns valve handle to direct flow of coolant on work area or coats disk with spinning compound.