Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4034.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
42,900 employed

Projected (2024):
34,300 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:

  • Acme - Gridley Tool Setter
  • Automatic Screwmaker
  • Automatic Spinning Lathe Operator
  • Automatic Spinning Lathe Setter
  • Axle Turner
  • Back Facer
  • Balance Recesser
  • Balance Wheel Facer
  • Bar Pointer
  • Bar Turner
  • Barrel Finisher
  • Barrel Turner
  • Bell Spinner
  • Bevel Mill Operator
  • Bevel Operator
  • Bolt Threader
  • Brake Drum Lathe Operator
  • Bullard Machine Operator
  • Bullard Operator
  • Chaser
  • Chucker
  • Chucking Machine Set Up Operator
  • Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Lathe Programmer (CNC Lathe Programmer)
  • Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist)
  • Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Turning Machine Operator (CNC Turning Machine Operator)
  • Concaver
  • Cup Trimming Machine Operator
  • Deburrer
  • Dial Lathe Operator
  • Engine Lathe Operator
  • Engine Lathe Set Up Operator
  • Engine Lathe Set-Up Operator, Tool
  • Facing Machine Operator
  • Fittings Finisher
  • Fountain Pen Turner
  • Gear Cutter
  • Gear Cutting Machine Operator
  • Gear Cutting Machine Set Up Operator
  • Gear Generator Set Up Operator
  • Gear Hobber
  • Gear Hobber Operator
  • Gear Hobber Set Up Operator
  • Gear Machine Operator
  • Gear Setter
  • Gear Shaper
  • Gear Shaver Set Up Operator
  • Grooving Lathe Tender
  • Gun Profiler
  • Hand Spinner
  • Heavy Threader
  • Hob Machine Operator
  • Hobber
  • Hobbing Machine Operator
  • Hobbing Press Operator
  • Hydraulic Spinner
  • Hydrotel Operator
  • Jewel Bearing Broacher
  • Jewel Lathe Operator
  • Knurling Machine Operator
  • Lap Cutter Truer Operator
  • Lathe Hand
  • Lathe Machine Operator
  • Lathe Operator
  • Lathe Scalper Operator
  • Lathe Set Up Person
  • Lathe Tender
  • Lathe Turner
  • Lathe Winder
  • Machine Deburrer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mult-Au-Matic Operator
  • Multiple Spindle Screw Machine Operator
  • Multiple Spindle Screw Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Nipple Machine Operator
  • Nipple Threader
  • Numerical Control Operator (NC Operator)
  • Nut Tapper
  • Nut Threader
  • Operator
  • Optical Lathe Operator
  • Pattern Repairer
  • Pipe Threader
  • Planer
  • Planer Hand
  • Planer Operator
  • Press Set Up Person
  • Radial Router Operator
  • Rim Turning Finisher
  • Rim Turning Machine Operator
  • Ring Cutter Lathe Operator
  • Roll Turner
  • Routing Machine Operator
  • Rubber Turner
  • Screw Machine Hand
  • Screw Machine Operator
  • Screw Machine Set Up Operator
  • Screw Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Screw Machine Setter
  • Screw Machine Tender
  • Screw Machine Tool Setter
  • Set Up / Operator
  • Single Spindle Screw Machine Operator
  • Single Spindle Screw Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Small Lot Operator
  • Spar Cap Beveler
  • Spinner
  • Spinning Lathe Operator
  • Swiss Type Screw Machine Operator
  • Swiss-Type Screw Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Threader
  • Threading Machine Operator
  • Threading Machine Setter
  • Tool Lathe Operator
  • Tool Maker
  • Tool Setter
  • Tool Turret Lathe Set-Up Operator
  • Tumble Tailstock Turret Lathe Operator
  • Turning Machine Operator
  • Turret Lathe Operator
  • Turret Lathe Set Up Operator
  • V-Groove Cutter
  • Vertical Lathe Operator
  • Vertical Multiple Spindle Chucking Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Winding Lathe Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

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

    Education:

    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
  • Programming
  • 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
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
  • Study blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions, and to determine material requirements and operational sequences.
  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
  • Move controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates, and to position tools in relation to workpieces.
  • Start lathe or turning machines and observe operations to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Select cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Crank machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances.
  • Lift metal stock or workpieces manually or using hoists, and position and secure them in machines, using fasteners and hand tools.
  • Replace worn tools, and sharpen dull cutting tools and dies using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
  • Position, secure, and align cutting tools in toolholders on machines, using hand tools, and verify their positions with measuring instruments.
  • Compute unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Install holding fixtures, cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movement, using hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments.
  • Move toolholders manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to feed tools to and along workpieces.
  • Turn valve handles to direct the flow of coolant onto work areas or to coat disks with spinning compounds.
  • Mount attachments, such as relieving or tracing attachments, to perform operations such as duplicating contours of templates or trimming workpieces.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 1-2-3 blocks
  • Allen wrench sets
  • Automatic tool changers
  • Automatic turret lathes
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bar feeders
  • Bench grinders
  • Bevel protractors
  • Bore gauges
  • Boring heads
  • Capstan lathes
  • Carbide cutting inserts
  • Center finders
  • Center-cutting end mills
  • Coaxial indicators
  • Combination square sets
  • Computer numerically controlled CNC lathes
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Cutoff tools
  • Dial test indicators
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital radius gauges
  • Drill gauge sets
  • Electric overhead travelling EOT cranes
  • Electronic edge finders
  • Face shields
  • Face/turn tools
  • Fork trucks
  • Gage blocks
  • Gang-tool lathes
  • Go/no go gauge sets
  • Groove tools
  • Hand taps
  • Height setters
  • Horizontal lathes
  • Inside digital ID calipers
  • Jib hoists
  • Lathe chucks
  • Lubrication guns
  • Machinists' taper gauges
  • Mechanical edge finders
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Mobile radios
  • Multispindle lathes
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Open end hand wrenches
  • Outside digital OD calipers
  • Parting off tool holders
  • Parting off tools
  • Plug gauges
  • Power hacksaws
  • Precision milling vises
  • Profile projectors
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Push-pull rules
  • Rubber mallets
  • Safety gloves
  • Screw pitch gauge
  • Sine bars
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Steel rules
  • Steel squares
  • Straight edges
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Surface finish comparators
  • Swiss turning centers
  • Swiss-style lathes
  • T handle tap wrenches
  • Tapping tools
  • Threading tools
  • Tool probes
  • Trammels
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vernier height gauges
  • Vertical machining centers
  • Vertical turning centers
  • Autodesk HSMWorks
  • Computer numerical control CNC editor software
  • G-code
  • Inventory tracking software
  • M-code


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220