Sets up, operates, or tends lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts machine controls and changes tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
- Replaces worn tools, and sharpens dull cutting tools and dies, using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
- Inspects sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
- Starts lathe or turning machines and observes operations to ensure that specifications are met.
- Positions, secures, and aligns cutting tools in toolholders on machines, using hand tools, and verify their positions with measuring instruments.
- Cranks machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances.
- Studies blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions, and to determine material requirements and operational sequences.
- Moves controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates, and to position tools in relation to workpieces.
- Selects cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
- Refills, changes, and monitors the level of fluids, such as oil and coolant, in machines.