Sets up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Studies blueprints, drawings, and sketches to determine material dimensions, required equipment, and operations sequences.
- Inspects and tests products to verify conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments or circuit testers.
- Drills, countersinks, and reams holes in parts and assemblies for bolts, screws, and other fasteners, using power tools.
- Cuts, shapes, and forms metal parts, using lathes, power saws, snips, power brakes and shears, files, and mallets.
- Sets up and operates machines, such as lathes, drill presses, punch presses, or bandsaws, to fabricate prototypes or models.
- Devises and constructs tools, dies, molds, jigs, and fixtures, or modifies existing tools and equipment.
- Reworks or alters component model or parts as required to ensure that products meet standards.
- Grinds, files, and sands parts to finished dimensions.
- Programs computer numerical control (CNC) machines to fabricate model parts.
- Lays out and marks reference points and dimensions on materials, using measuring instruments and drawing or scribing tools.