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 Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
- Studies blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions, and to determine material requirements and operational sequences.
- Adjusts machine controls and changes tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
- Moves controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates, and to position tools in relation to workpieces.
- Starts lathe or turning machines and observes operations to ensure that specifications are met.
- Selects cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
- Cranks machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances.
- Lifts metal stock or workpieces manually or using hoists, and positions and secures them in machines, using fasteners and hand tools.
- Replaces worn tools, and sharpens dull cutting tools and dies using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
- Positions, secures, and aligns cutting tools in toolholders on machines, using hand tools, and verifies their positions with measuring instruments.