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Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches.
    • 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.
    • Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds.
    • Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations.
    • Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices.
    • 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.
    • Verify that workpiece reference lines are parallel to the axis of table rotation, using dial indicators mounted in spindles.
    • Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques.
    • 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.
    • Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
    • Sharpen cutting tools, using bench grinders.
    • Operate tracing attachments to duplicate contours from templates or models.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 42340/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.36/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 830
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Gage block set
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Boring machines
    • Ball peen hammer
    • Adjustable wrenches

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