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

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Crank machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances.
    • Study blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions, and to determine material requirements and operational sequences.
    • Select cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
    • Move controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates, and to position tools in relation to workpieces.
    • Install holding fixtures, cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movement, using hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments.
    • Refill, change, and monitor the level of fluids, such as oil and coolant, in machines.
    • Compute unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
    • Lift metal stock or workpieces manually or using hoists, and position and secure them in machines, using fasteners and hand tools.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

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

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

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

    • 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.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,210
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200

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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
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Tool template sets
    • Lathe bit
    • Comparators
    • Calipers
    • Automatic lathe or chucking machine

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software

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