Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4032.00


Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,800 employed

Projected (2024):
14,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automatic Driller and Reamer
  • Automatic Drilling Machine Operator
  • Barrel Driller
  • Billet Driller
  • Bore Mill Operator
  • Bore Mill Operator for Plastic
  • Borematic Machine Operator
  • Borematic Operator
  • Borer
  • Boring Machine Operator
  • Boring Machine Set Up Operator
  • Boring Mill Operator
  • Boring Mill Operator for Metal
  • Boring Mill Set Up Operator
  • Chamfering Machine Operator
  • Choke Reamer
  • Collet Driller
  • Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator (CNC Drilling Operator)
  • Countersinker
  • Dice Maker
  • Directional Bore Operator
  • Directional Drill Operator
  • Directional Driller
  • Drill Operator
  • Drill Press Hand
  • Drill Press Operator
  • Drill Press Operator for Metal
  • Drill Press Set Up Operator
  • Drill Press Tender
  • Drill Presser
  • Drill Punch Operator
  • Drill Setup Operator
  • Driller
  • Driller and Broacher
  • Driller and Reamer
  • Drilling Assistant
  • Fixed Route Operator
  • Foot Drill Operator
  • Gang Drill Operator
  • Horizontal Boring Mill Operator
  • Horizontal Boring Mill Operator for Metal
  • Horizontal Boring Mill Set Up Operator
  • Horizontal Boring Mill Set-Up Operator
  • Hub Borer
  • Jewel Cupping Machine Operator
  • Jig Bore Operator
  • Jig Boring Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Jig Mill Operator
  • Jigger
  • Jigger Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Metal Drill Operator
  • Metal Drill Press Operator
  • Metal Drilling Machine Operator
  • Mobile Equipment Operator
  • Multiple Drill Operator
  • Multiple Spindle Drill Press Set-Up Operator
  • Plate Driller
  • Printed Circuit Boards Drill Press Operator
  • Printed Circuit Boards Pinner
  • Production Boring Machine Operator
  • Punch Operator
  • Radial Drill Operator
  • Radial Drill Operator for Plastic
  • Radial Drill Press Operator
  • Radial Drill Press Operator for Plastic
  • Radial Drill Press Set-Up Operator
  • Reamer
  • Reaming Machine Operator
  • Reaming Machine Operator for Plastic
  • Reaming Machine Tender
  • Reaming Press Operator
  • Recenterer
  • Setup Technician
  • Single Spindle Drill Press Set Up Operator
  • Single Spindle Drill Press Set-Up Operator
  • Spot Facer
  • Stab Setter and Driller
  • Tapper
  • Tapper Operator
  • Test Borer
  • Tool Radial Drill Press Set-Up Operator
  • Trade Marker
  • Valve Seater Operator
  • Vertical Boring Mill Operator
  • Wheel Borer

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Verify conformance of machined work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges.
  • Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements.
  • Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools, according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties.
  • Install tools in spindles.
  • Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches.
  • Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices.
  • Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds.
  • Turn valves and direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas.
  • Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations.
  • Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems.
  • Lift workpieces onto work tables either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position workpieces.
  • Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques.
  • Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
  • Verify that workpiece reference lines are parallel to the axis of table rotation, using dial indicators mounted in spindles.
  • Operate tracing attachments to duplicate contours from templates or models.
  • Sharpen cutting tools, using bench grinders.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Adjustable jigs
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bench grinders
  • Boring tools
  • Computer terminals
  • Computerized numerical control CNC boring machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC drill presses
  • Deburring tools
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Drill presses
  • Gauge blocks
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Height gauges
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Holding clamps
  • Horizontal boring mills
  • Inspection loupes
  • Jig boring machines
  • Lathes
  • Layout scales
  • Metal scribers
  • Multiple spindle drill presses
  • Personal computers
  • Precision files
  • Precision gauges
  • Prick punches
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Radial drill presses
  • Safety glasses
  • Shims
  • Single spindle drill presses
  • Steel rules
  • Surface gauges
  • Tapping machines
  • Telescoping gauges
  • Utility knives
  • Workshop bench vises
  • Automated inventory software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220